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Alvarez v. Smith, No. 08-351

In a 42 U.S.C. section 1983 case involving whether Illinois law provides a sufficiently speedy opportunity for an individual, whose car or cash police have seized without a warrant, to contest the lawfulness of the seizure, a circuit court's ruling reversing dismissal of the action is vacated and the case is remanded where the action was moot because all of the actual property disputes between the parties had been resolved.

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Appellate Information

Argued October 14, 2009

Decided December 8, 2009


Opinion by Justice Breyer

Partial Concurrence and Partial Dissent by Justice Stevens