JD Howlette Law sues Prince George's County for violating local business owner's constitutional rights
JD Howlette Law files multi-million-dollar federal lawsuit against Prince George's County and two local officials for violating small business owner's constitutional rights in connection with local permitting, inspection, and enforcement practices.
March 1, 2022
According to the complaint, local businessman Randy Richardson leased 27,768 square feet of commercial space at the Shops at Iverson in Temple Hills, MD in January 2020. Richardson planned to open Town Hall Live—an entertainment business—at the location, and he expended significant amounts of time and resources preparing to do so. However, the complaint alleges that PGC’s Department of Permitting, Inspection and Enforcement (DPIE) intentionally misguided Richardson and took ill-motivated enforcement actions against him in a calculated effort to prevent him from opening Town Hall Live. In so doing, DPIE deprived Richardson of his rights to equal protection and due process under the law, in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article 24 of the Declaration of Rights to the Maryland Constitution.