In 2008, the City of San Antonio demolished RBIII’s building. That building was arguably dilapidated, but the City didn’t actually notify RBIII before razing the structure.
In the legal world, you’ll recall that we characterize such behavior as “not cool.”
RBIII sued San Antonio, asserting a variety of state and federal claims, but the district court granted summary judgment for the city on all but two claims. (If you guessed that the surviving claims were a Fourteenth Amendment due process claim and a Fourth Amendment unreasonable search and seizure claim, give yourself a gold star.) The remaining claims went to a jury, and the jury returned a verdict in favor of RBIII.
San Antonio, unsatisfied with tearing down RBIII’s building and mostly-prevailing at summary judgment, appealed.