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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:VSC, a licensed vehicle storage facility, was authorized to receive and store vehicles towed with their owners� consent. According to VSC, on June 14 and June 27, 2002, officers from the Dallas Police Department seized 47 vehicles stored with VSC. The officers said the vehicles were either stolen, involved in other felony offenses or had altered serial numbers. At a hearing held under Code of Criminal Procedure Chapter 47, VSC said that the police department had seized 326 from VSC on occasions other than on the two days in June. VSC alleged that these seizures were made at the direction of various city policy makers and that not all of the seized vehicles had been reported stolen or were part of a criminal investigation either when they were towed to VSC or when the police seized them. VSC claimed it did not have notice of any of these seizures. VSC eventually filed suit in state court, alleging both state-law and federal claims. The city removed the case to federal district court, where the federal court remanded the three state-law claims to state court and abated the federal claims pending resolution in state court. The three state-law claims were had to do with takings of VSC�s property interests without just compensation, and a third claim was for a declaratory judgment that: 1. VSC is entitled to towing and storage fees for vehicles lawfully towed and stored at VSC�s licensed storage facility even if the vehicles are reported stolen; 2. that the city lacks authority to seize vehicles as stolen to which VSC is entitled to towing and storage fees that have been lawfully towed and stored at VSC�s licensed storage facility; and 3. that VSC is entitled to notice and a hearing under CCP Chapter 47 even if the city is authorized to seize the vehicles from VSC�s licensed storage facilit

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