Dan Harkins Jul. 10, 2015, 12:01pm


A local homeowner is asking a federal court to issue a restraining order to keep the city from selling his home in an auction.

Munson Fletcher filed a petition on July 1 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana for the deprivation of the right to file a restraining order for tax adjudication in the city of New Orleans and its Department of Finance and the Treasury Bureau's sale of properly at 2363 N. Villere St.

Fletcher became the owner of the property at issue in 1994, however, the lawsuit states, "petitioner has been forced to defend his home and watch it succumb to the effects of a wrongful unnoticed and unsubstantiated tax sale/quiet title action."

The plaintiff asserts that, since the hurricanes, he has tried to "rectify the asserted mis-applications associated with the ownership of this property, and that he only learned in the last days of documents unknown to him which would or could clarity the municipal attachments" to this property, the lawsuit states.

Fletcher asks the court to issue, after he posts a bond in good will to be decided by the court, a restraining order against the defendants in their attempt to include the property in any upcoming tax sales and auctions. The plaintiff is self-represented.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana case number 2:15-cv-02436-HGB-KWR.

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