Freeport, TX – An East End resident of Freeport, Manning Rollerson, filed a federal complaint on Friday, August 17, 2018, in US District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Galveston over Port Freeport’s failure to comply with Federal law in its port expansion efforts.  Represented by LSLA’s EJ attorney Amy Dinn, Rollerson’s complaint asserts that the Port has been actively engaging in coercive, involuntary acquisition of historically segregated East End neighborhood properties in a concerted effort for several years, devaluing homes, threatening residents with eminent domain, as well as using other questionable tactics to displace residents without offering or providing just compensation for their homes as required under the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Act of 1970.

This filing comes on the heels of a Title VI Civil Rights complaint made by the East End residents in November 2017 to five Federal agencies that have historically provided funding to Port Freeport and the City of Freeport.

Rollerson is seeking a declaration from the federal judge on the case stating that Port Freeport is in violation of federal law.

Review a copy of the filed complaint here.

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