Hyman v. Devlin 2019
2019 U.S.D.C. W.D.Pa. No. 3:17-cv-00089
Angela Hyman, now of Norfolk, VA sued Pennsylvania State Police Corporal Bryan Devlin, Lewistown, PA, in an action under Section 1983 of the federal Civil Rights Act. Hyman said Trooper Devlin violated her rights under the U.S. Constitution, specifically her Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights to due process and to be free from unreasonable seizures of property. In general, government officials may not take part in the seizure of a person's property without a court order or due process of law. In their unanimous verdict, the jury found that Trooper Devlin willfully violated Ms. Hyman's civil rights, warranting an award of punitive damages of $500,000. See court opinion
"This verdict by this jury in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, can have an impact on consumers and individuals across the country. The repo-man will take note that he can't get the police involved . And the police will take note that they have to stand back and not involve themselves in private disputes between the consumer and the bank," states Ms. Hyman's attorney, Andy Milz.
News stories about this case have caught the attention of consumers and the legal community across the country.
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