NEW ORLEANS – A 2004 tax sale is being challenged by a local governmental body for a property being claimed by two separate owners.

The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) filed suit against Mooring Tax Asset Group LLC and A.M.E. Services Inc. in the Orleans Parish Central District Court on May 20. The property, located at 3111 North Miro St., is now being claimed by NORA and A.M.E. Services. The dispute allegedly arose over a May 2004 tax sale to the Mooring Assets Group for unpaid taxes on the property totaling $1,337.34. NORA alleges that the heirs of the original owners and the succession administrator of the property were unaware of the sale, making Mooring’s tax sale and subsequent sale to A.M.E. Services Inc. on February 2009 null.

NORA claims that because the owners were unaware of the sale, they sold it through cash sale to Carolyn Jones, who then sold it to Road Home Corporation, the company NORA eventually bought the property from, thus making NORA the legitimate owner of the property.

The plaintiff requests the court to enter judgment declaring the 2004 tax sale null and void.

The plaintiff is represented by Charles L. Stern Jr. of the New Orleans-based Steeg Law Firm LLC.

The case has been assigned to Division G Judge Robin M. Giarrusso.

Case No. 2013-04791.

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