HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) – A Houston vendor alleges it was wrongfully disqualified from participating in the food stamp program.
Crane Fortune Inc., doing business as 24 Seven No. 3, filed a complaint on Nov. 1 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas Houston Division against the United States of America alleging that its governmental agency, the United States Department of Agriculture seeking an administrative stay and judicial review.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff was part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and could accept food stamps. The suit states the plaintiff received a letter in April stating that it was being charged with trafficking as defined by SNAP regulations and that the plaintiff was permanently discharged from participation in the SNAP program. The suit states that the plaintiff has appealed the decision to no avail.
Crane Fortune Inc. alleges it will suffer irreparable harm and may likely to be put out of business if forced to serve a permanent disqualification from participation as vendor in the program.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks a stay of the disqualification ordered by the USDA, extinguishment of the order, reimburse plaintiff for all costs and fees, and other relief as the court may deem proper. It is represented by Clyde Burleson of Burleson & Craig PLLC in Houston.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas Houston Division case number 4:17-cv-03323