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Class Action Suit Targets Mississippi Cities, Private Companies Using Cameras for Vehicle Insurance Fees

Amy Divine, a Madison, Miss., resident, opened a mail envelope on July 1, 2022, and discovered an official-looking ticket from the Ocean Springs Police Department claiming she owned a vehicle that passed through the city on March 22, 2022, “without vehicle insurance.”

The letter, dated April 4, 2022, indicated that it was a “Final Notice Before Court Appearance” and included Ocean Springs Police Chief Mark Dunston’s signature. It indicated that Divine could pay $300 to avoid a driver’s license suspension. She paid the money.

Divine’s attorneys, Brian K. Herrington and Rogen K. Chhabra, from Chhabra Gibbs & Herrington PLLC,are disputing the practice’s legitimacy. In a court filing in the U.S. Southern District of Mississippi on Sept. 1, 2022, they argue that the ticket did not come from the City but from a business named Securix, “pretending to be law enforcement” and using cameras “to enforce traffic laws.” The plaintiff alleges that Mississippi Statute prohibits using cameras in traffic law enforcement.

American Digital Security, LLC, finalized a deal to acquire Securix companies in December 2021. Securix has continued to operate by that name, the lawsuit says. Both companies are defendants in the case. American Digital Security, LLC, did not respond to an email request on Sept. 12, 2022, for comment.

Technology Use Started in 2019

This reporter called Securix on Sept. 12, 2022, and the receptionist linked him with Jonathan Miller. “He is the manager, the owner,” the receptionist said.

In the Monday interview, Miller told the Mississippi Free Press, “I am just one of the officers of the company,” while explaining that “there is no basis for the lawsuit whatsoever.”

Documents on the Mississippi Secretary of State’s website show Miller as the registered agent and partner with Michael E. McGrey of Securix LLP, which registered in Mississippi in September 2021. The company was formed in 2018 and incorporated in Delaware, with a principal office address in Atlanta, Ga., the Mississippi Secretary of State’s website shows. The plaintiff is also suing Missouri-based Securix LLC.

A 2019 press release announcing Securix’s adoption of new technology in its operation described Miller as the

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