Updated at 4:11 p.m.
A Boies, Schiller & Flexner litigator is behind a court challenge over how the District of Columbia manages the sale of properties with delinquent taxes. A lawsuit filed yesterday accused city officials of unconstitutionally allowing private investors to foreclose on homes with delinquent taxes, stripping homeowners of equity.
The tax sale system came under new scrutiny after a Washington Post investigation, published earlier this month, explored its effect on vulnerable homeowners. Boies Schiller partner William Isaacson in Washington filed a class action yesterday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia claiming the process violated the Fifth Amendment. The proposed class included homeowners who faced foreclosure after the city sold the tax certificates for their properties.
Isaacson, whose practice includes complex commercial litigation, is handling the case pro bono. He and the firm have done pro bono work on tax sale issues with Legal Counsel for the Elderly, a local nonprofit that is pushing for reform but is not involved in the class action. Isaacson also sits on the group's board. In April 2012, Boies Schiller joined a coalition led by Legal Counsel for the Elderly and Crowell & Moring that wrote a letter to city leaders advocating for changes to the tax sale system.