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Monday, March 05, 2012

City Hall Scoop/ St. Paul landlord case will not go before U.S. Supreme Court today. Should it have?

Moving forward with a trial will cost taxpayers thousands of dollars and tie up the city attorney’s office with more legal work. Villaume has to wonder if St. Paul got anything in the process of withdrawing its petition from the Supreme Court. For instance, did the city get the landlords to agree to limit the damages they’re asking for, should the property owners win the case?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Bob, once again you impress me by posting something here. Frank V. is clearly saying that the supreme court was going to rule in the City's favor, that everyone knew the court was going to rule in the City's favor and that it was political to back off and fight the landlords at the district court level.

Doesn't say much about the landlord's case.


Chuck Repke

10:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's all PR and BS. If the city thought they could win they would have kept going. If they thought they could win a trial they would have went to trial a long time ago. They are just playing games and trying to buy time.

1:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:45 - You still don't get it, the city went to trial and won on every violation case that went to district court, then they won in Federal Court on every charge in this case, then it was appealed to the Fed court of appeals and one potential charge was left standing to be tried and that was the one that the City sent to the Supreme Court that is being discussed. There was no delays.


Chuck Repke

7:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For instance, did the city get the landlords to agree to limit the damages they’re asking for, should the property owners win the case?

The city offered $500,000 to settle. lol

No limits Franky V.!

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Repke you said if the landlords won they wouldn't get a cash settlement the tenants would?Villium seems to think the landlords can be awarded a cash settlement.

"did the city get the landlords to agree to limit the damages they’re asking for"

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I have said, I can't imagine the landlords getting anything out of it if they win the case... because the case is about people losing their housing NOT landlords losing their income. It is not in dispute that there were violations on the properties...the City has won on that issue. The only question is did people of color lose their housing disparately?

If it were found that the City's inspections fell disparately on people of color, then any action against the City will be to benefit people who either lived in those units, or if they can't be found people who live in units in the future that have code violations.

The courts are not going to find that the City should have found the properties in violation of the code and paid the landlords for not taking care of their property.

If the court determines that people of color were disparately impacted by the inspections, then the next thing they will look at is what does the City do about it? Does it help them find other housing units in Saint Paul or throw them in the streets? If the City's response to tenents in crisis is strong enough, then even if their was disparate impact the City is already responding to reduce the impact and nothing will happen.

I can't see what there would ever be to settle with the guys who caused the problem in the first place...


Chuck Repke

1:03 PM  
Blogger Sharon 4Anderson said...

Federal Judge Joan Ericksen Denys LandLords Case RICO Claims yet gives MGSF ie: Dirty Cops MetroGangStrikeForce a 3 million settlement. PS isn't Frank Villuame Dean Barkleys Brother in Law?

Hello Sharon,

Your claim has been submitted to the Special Master for his review. The final batch of claims will be sent to the Special Master this week. I do not know at this time how long it will take the Special Master to complete his review and issue his decisions. Please let me know if you have any other questions.



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9:14 AM  
Blogger Sharon 4Anderson said...

Please check Frank Villuame backgroung A Friend from years ago Carol Thomas Haken almost had Villume DISBARED for Criminal Activity in Carols PCA Personal Care Attendant.
Apparantly Villaume had to repay Carols Attorney Fees of 12 thousand to Carol. Why Fred Melo Reporter goes to Attorneys that have been there done that.

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's Code Enforcement? 55 year old man died this morning on Juno St. he had been living in garage for seven years. His mother wouldn't let him in the house, she had passed away. The house is vacant and for sale, look's like he could have used an affordable apartment.


5:43 AM  

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