DIETRICH HILL, ET AL. v. CITY OF MEMPHIS, ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Dec 30, 2014

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

August C. Winter, Brentwood, Tennessee, and J. Bennett Fox, Jr., Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellants, Dietrich Hill, Tokens Gifts, Inc. of Tennessee, and Tokens Gifts, Inc. of Oregon.

Attorneys 2:

Allan J. Wade and Brandy S. Parrish, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, City of Memphis

Judge(s): BENNETT

This case arises out of an investigation by the Memphis police department of a business suspected of selling illegal inhalants. The business owner was arrested and charged with the criminal sale of inhalants. The police seized bank accounts belonging to the owner and two corporations related to the business and instituted forfeiture proceedings regarding the funds in those accounts. The bank account owner and the two corporations filed suit against the city and multiple police officers seeking damages pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and 42 U.S.C. § 1988. The trial court granted the city’s motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim upon which relief could be granted. In denying the plaintiff’s motion to alter or amend, the trial court stated that the amended complaint failed to allege any Fourth or Fifth Amendment violations, the grounds upon which the plaintiffs sought relief. With respect to the only remaining individual defendant, the trial court denied the plaintiffs’ motion to amend the first amended complaint, holding, in part, that the existence of adequate post-deprivation remedies precluded any Fourth or Fifth Amendment claims. We affirm.