Purple Snow et al. v. Secretary of State

Seven small Montanan-owned businesses have sued the Secretary of State for a policy that requires customers to request refunds in writing even though the Secretary’s website has been double-charging customers for fees without their knowledge. The Secretary has made statements that misrepresent the extent of the overcharges and mislead customers, who have no reason to expect that a state agency would wrongfully withhold their money. The businesses seek injunctive relief requiring the Secretary of State to implement a lawful refund policy that alerts businesses when overcharges occur and automatically refunds the overcharged amount.

Filings / Press

Amended Complaint (April 4, 2022)

Maritsa Georgiou, Lawsuit claims Secretary of State's Office knowingly profited $120k off duplicate charges, NBC Montana, (Sept. 1, 2021)

Holly Michels, Lawsuit filed against Montana SOS over duplicate biz filing charges, Billings Gazette (Sept. 1, 2021)

Alex Sakariassen, Overcharge lawsuit against SOS underscores legislative concerns, Montana Free Press (Sept. 22, 2021)

State's Motion to Dismiss (April 29, 2022)

State's Brief in Support (April 29, 2022)

Plaintiffs' Response (May 13, 2022)

State's Reply (May 31, 2022)

Order Denying State's Motion to Dismiss (June 10, 2022)