Joseph K. Nemours, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Hud Housing Authority, State of Washington, Defendants-appellees, 944 F.2d 909 (9th Cir. 1991)Annotate this Case
Submitted Sept. 10, 1991. *Decided Sept. 12, 1991
Before EUGENE WRIGHT, FARRIS and TROTT, Circuit Judges.
Nemours alleges that the Department of Housing and Urban Development violated his due process rights by allowing the manager of a low income residence to increase his rent and fail to give him a landlord tenant agreement. Suit filed by Joseph Nemours was dismissed with prejudice for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. We review the dismissal de novo. Love v. United States, 871 F.2d 1488, 1491 (9th Cir. 1989).
We construe Nemours' complaint as one made under Bivens v. Six Unknown Fed. Narcotics Agents, 403 U.S. 388 (1971). Absent a waiver of sovereign immunity, a Bivens action for monetary damages may not be maintained against the United States. Daly-Murphy v. Winston, 837 F.2d 348, 356 (9th Cir. 1988). Finding no such waiver here, Nemours failed to state a claim against HUD.
Even if we were to view this suit as one against the manager of the building in his individual capacity, the claims were correctly dismissed because Nemours failed to allege facts sufficient to amount to a cognizable due process right. Without such a right there is no Bivens cause of action.