Judge dismisses apartment complexes’ lawsuit against USPS

A lawsuit brought on behalf of four Bowling Green apartment complexes against the U.S. Postal Service has been dismissed.

Campus Pointe, Hilltop Club, Midtown and The Crown Apartments brought the suit in January against the postal service and Postmaster Andrea Forsythe.

Filed in U.S. District Court, the lawsuit alleged a recently instituted change by the USPS – from delivering mail to tenants’ individual mailboxes to bulk mail delivery at the property manager’s office of each complex – resulted in some tenants failing to receive important mail.

The change was made in light of the postal service reclassifying those apartment complexes as dormitories. The USPS’ Postal Operations Manual sets out that deliveries of mail to dorms or other student housing are made in bulk to a representative of the dorms, according to court records.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Greg Stivers issued a ruling Thursday that said his court lacked jurisdiction to weigh in on the question of whether the postal service or the apartment complexes are responsible for sorting mail once it has been delivered.

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