A federal court has preliminarily approved a class settlement related to civil forfeiture in Philadelphia.
See Sourovelis v. City of Philadelphia, et al. - Civil Action No. 14-04687-ER (E.D. Pa.)
Property owners sued the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office over seizures of cash, cars, properties. The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania was also named as a Defendant. A settlement has been reached in the lawsuit concerning the constitutionality of specific policies and practices in prosecuting civil forfeiture cases, such as the policy and practice of retaining forfeited property and its proceeds for funding.