“We’re Still Here”: Hinga Automotive Defies Dallas Ban, Faces Lawsuit

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DALLAS -- Another round is underway in the fight between the City of Dallas and Hinga Mbogo, and this time it seems the gloves are coming off.

Back in April, Hinga went to City Hall armed with an 80,000-signature petition saying he should be allowed to keep his 30-year-old auto repair business on Ross Avenue.  But the City Council voted to shut down his shop, in the latest move in an 11-year process meant to clean up the neighborhood.

Since being ordered to move on, however, not much has changed for Mr. Mbogo.

"We're still here, we're still working," Mbogo told NewsFix, standing in the middle of his still-busy Ross Avenue garage. "Just been making a living, one day at a time."

Yeah, the shop owner has ignored the city's ruling, and Big D doesn't seem too happy about it.  The city filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, seeking $1,000 for every day Hinga's been in business without their permission - and that goes back to last August!  Yikes!

But Hinga's attorneys, with the Institute for Justice, aren't backing down.

"We are prepared," said attorney Ari Bargil via Skype, "if necessary to litigate this to the highest court in Texas."

The question is, is Dallas just doing their best to clean up a rough part of town?  Or is Hinga Mbogo standing up for himself against a horseshoe of bullies?

Not gonna lie, we have no idea.  So we asked Dallas appellate attorney Chad Ruback... But he didn't really know either.

"I truly do see both sides of this case," Ruback said. "I see Mr. Mbogo's side, I see the city's side.  I just don't know what the courts are gonna do with this."

Hey, join the club!

Ruback did say it could be months or even years before the legal system figures out what happens next.

In the meantime, said Mbogo: "I'm just going to keep on working."