From the day it was filed, Ocean Springs city leaders called a recent lawsuit filed over the state flag “frivolous.” Now they’re taking action to get back the money they spent on legal bills.
During a meeting Friday, the Ocean Springs Board of Aldermen voted during executive session to move forward with filing a claim to ask a judge to order Mississippi Rising to pay the city’s legal bills.
The lawsuit at the center of this debate was thrown out by a federal judge Tuesday. The group Mississippi Rising had argued that by flying the state flag with the Confederate emblem, Ocean Springs discriminates against its citizens and violates the Fair Housing Act.
“This group knowingly filed a frivolous lawsuit. They knew it wasn’t going to go anywhere from the very beginning, and they did that in order to bully the residents of this town to pay for a publicity stunt,” said Dobson.
Two separate motions were filed Friday afternoon. One is for sanctions under Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The other is being filed under the Mississippi Litigation Accountability Act and under Chapter 42, Section 1988 of the United States Code.