Hattiesburg Tourism Commission files complaint against its insurance company

Hattiesburg Tourism Commission files complaint against its insurance company
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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg Tourism Commission is taking steps to recover taxpayer dollars by filing a complaint against its insurance company and Shad White, the State Auditor of Mississippi. The complaint was filed on Tuesday in the Chancery Court of Hinds County.

This comes after a report from White's offices said current and former Hattiesburg Tourism commissioners are responsible for paying back more than $400,000 to the state.

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Marshell Bell, Sandra Foster, Frank James III, Catherine H. Price, Chris Rowell, Bonnie P. Warren and the Hattiesburg Tourism Commission are named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. United States Liability Insurance Company and White are named as defendants.

The complaint asks the court to grant the plaintiffs declaratory relief against their insurance company in regards to coverage under an insurance policy for the claim made against them by White, according to court documents.

The plaintiffs allege that the insurance company breached their contract by denying them coverage which they were entitled to under their policy.

The plaintiffs also seek damages for the actions of the insurance company "in attempting to use threats of denial of coverage for reasons having no legitimate or even arguable basis in fact or law to disadvantage plaintiffs and expose plaintiffs to greater risks, damages and expense," according to the complaint.

You can view the complete complaint below:

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