Agency sues Department of Public Safety over ad bills

The Mann Agency LLC in Ridgeland  is suing the Department of Public Safety over a dispute over more than $700,000 in bills for buckle-up and anti-drunken driving advertising around Christmastime.

Attorney Mike Farrell of Jackson on Thursday filed suit in Hinds County District Court on behalf of the ad agency claiming breach of contract and “fraud in the inducement.” 

Agency owner Carol Mann recently told The Clarion-Ledger that she was left holding the bag on $712,000 worth of bills — most for ads run with more than 70 media outlets including television, newspaper, radio and billboard companies — for months (The Clarion-Ledger is not one of the outlets owed money).

DPS responded that the agency is simply following terms of the contract with Mann and federal regulations and will reimburse the ad agency only after it pays all the media bills. 

Clarion Ledger