Philip Gonzales Aug. 3, 2016, 12:04pm


HOUSTON — A Houston retail store operator is suing the United States, alleging improper disqualification of benefits.

Luul Yikalo Tikabo and Selam Grocery filed a lawsuit Aug. 22 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas against the United States of America, alleging violation of the Substantive Due Process Rights.

According to the complaint, on Jan. 22, Tikabo and Selam Grocery, a neighborhood staple since 2011, were permanently disqualified from participating in SNAP benefits, resulting to a huge loss in gross revenue. The plaintiffs allege the U.S. improperly and impermissibly permanently disqualified them from participation in SNAP and deprived them of the protection and process set forth in the CFR and USC.

Tikabo and Selam Grocery seek a trial by jury and an award for legal costs. They are represented by attorney Andrew Z. Tapp of Brandon Legal Group PLLC in Tampa, Florida.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas Case number 16-2197

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