Bloomberg Law
March 13, 2023, 3:59 PM

Tax Sale Suit Garners Support From Diverse Groups at Supreme Court

Perry Cooper
Perry Cooper
Legal Reporter

A woman challenging the constitutionality of Minnesota’s tax sale law at the US Supreme Court got the backing of more than two dozen outside groups, many of whom aren’t often aligned on the same side of legal battles.

Geraldine Tyler challenged Minnesota’s law allowing local governments to keep surplus proceeds when a homeowner’s property is sold to settle tax debts. Hennepin County kept the full $40,000 foreclosure sale price to satisfy Tyler’s $2,300 in delinquent taxes and $12,700 of accumulated interest and penalties.

Tyler argues only 14 states allow the government to take valuable real ...