New England Legal Foundation Sees Civil Victory in Varsity Blues Ruling


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New England Legal Foundation Sees Civil Victory in Varsity Blues Ruling

April 22, 2024


BOSTON – The New England Legal Foundation (NELF –, today applauded a federal court ruling to return $1 million to an individual who was not formally notified of the government’s intention to seize property. NELF had filed an amicus brief in the case urging federal protection of individual property rights.

“This ruling will help reset the playing field between the federal government and individual citizens by confirming that forfeitures require formal notice before property can be seized,” said NELF President Dan Winslow. “Property rights are civil rights under our Constitution and the New England Legal Foundation was proud to stand up for the rights of the individual property owner.”

NELF’s amicus brief was authored by attorney Karen Pickett who serves as counsel to NELF.




About the New England Legal Foundation – Founded in 1977, the New England Legal Foundationis the leading non-partisan, non-profit public interest law firm in the region dedicated to economic liberty. NELF’s ongoing mission is to champion free enterprise, property rights, limited government based on rule of law, and inclusive economic growth. We believe that free enterprise is a foundational value of a democratic society and the best opportunity for people to lift themselves to prosperity.


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