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Yale Park landlord files lawsuit against public officials, City of Omaha

Posted at 5:57 PM, Mar 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-11 18:57:15-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Yale Park landlord Kay Anderson filed a lawsuit Monday against several public officials and the City of Omaha, calling the investigation into the apartment complex "malicious" and "fabricated."

The complaint requests a jury trial and was filed in U.S. District Court.

The lawsuit is filed against numerous public figures and the City of Omaha. Mayor Jean Stothert, Chief Housing Inspector Scott Lane, City Prosecutor Matthew Kuhse, Housing Inspector Kevin Mulcahy and City Planning Director David Fansalu are named, among others.

Several months after the city of Omaha swept through Yale Park, tenants filed a lawsuit seeking repayment of all rent, security deposits, damages for emotional distress, and other payments.

In late February, Yale Park owners filed a counterclaim.

The counterclaim says tenants were responsible for dilapidated conditions under the Nebraska Landlord Tenant Act, their lease, and City Municipal Code.

Anderson faces 100 misdemeanors, with each count carrying a $500 fine, 6 months in jail, or both.

Yale Park's most recent complaint alleges a wrongful inspection process, including the concealment of facts when obtaining warrants, violation of laws, and lease violations. "Malicious documents" are also addressed, among other things.

Anderson alleges his Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and 14th amendment rights were violated during the investigation.

The complaint alleges defendants "planned and organized a show of force and public spectacle designed to intimidate, threaten, bully, harass, embarrass, and coerce Plaintiffs and create, inflate, and exaggerate issues with the Yale Park Apartments to justify their actions. Defendants raided the Yale Park Apartments, accompanied by police in full uniforms and weapons, buses, various media outlets, various code inspectors, and several third-party entities."

Anderson asks that the defendants be held in contempt, that those mentioned in the complaint are no longer allowed on Yale Park property, and that they are responsible for paying damages.