Evicted Tenant Can't Sue Landlord in Federal Court

LVT Number: #25971

Former tenant sued landlord in federal court, claiming civil rights violations due to illegal eviction and that landlord took him to criminal court. Landlord asked the court to dismiss the case as frivolous. The court ruled for landlord. Landlord was a private entity that didn't act as an agent of the state. The fact that landlord may have had tenant charged with a misdemeanor in criminal court wasn't sufficient to establish state action. And a federal court has no authority to intervene in a landlord-tenant matter.

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