Marso v. SafeSpeed, LLC
AMENDED MEMORANDUM AND ORDER. Defendant Safespeed, LLC's Motion For Summary Judgment (Doc. 168 ) filed May 6, 2022, is SUSTAINED. Signed by District Judge Kathryn H. Vratil on 8/2/2022. (mam)
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS
SAFESPEED, LLC and
VILLAGE OF NORTH RIVERSIDE, ILLINOIS, )
AMENDED MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter comes before the Court on Defendant SafeSpeed, LLC’s Motion For
Summary Judgment (Doc. #168) filed May 6, 2022. For reasons briefly summarized below, but
as more fully stated on the record on July 29, 2022, said motion is sustained.1
The record reveals no genuine issues of material fact. The Court disregards legal
argument in response to factual assertions, facts which are not supported by cited exhibits and
facts which plaintiff refuses to accept as uncontroverted but which he “controverts” in ways that
are immaterial or not genuinely in dispute. In addition to the other undisputed facts of record,
most critically, the record reveals no genuine issue of material fact on these three points:
A. The Kansas Department of Revenue maintains registration records for all Kansas
license plates and disability placards.
To expedite a ruling on this motion, because this case is set for trial commencing October 19,
2022, the Court has communicated the reasons for its decision without attempting to draft a legal treatise
or cite relevant case law. The law in this area is clear and the Court has taken into account the authorities
which are cited in the parties’ briefs, along with other authorities. If necessary for future proceedings, the
Court may supplement this order with additional findings of fact or legal citations.
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B. In response to a query by Nlets, initiated by Safespeed, LLC, the KDOR
misidentified plaintiff as the owner of a trailer which ran a red light in the Village of North
Riverside, Illinois on May 23, 2019.
C. In reliance on that incorrect information, Safespeed provided information to the
Village which caused it to issue a traffic citation to plaintiff. The record contains no evidence
that SafeSpeed had knowledge or reason to suspect that the information which the KDOR
provided through Nlets was incorrect.
As to plaintiff’s claim under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act
(Count I), plaintiff has not demonstrated a genuine issue of material fact whether SafeSpeed is a
“place of public accommodation.”2 It does not operate physical facilities which are open to
members of the public3 or sell good or services to members of the public. The fact that its web
site markets SafeSpeed as providing improved public safety to the public is legally insufficient to
create ADA coverage. Because plaintiff has not shown a genuine issue of material fact whether
SafeSpeed maintains a “place of public accommodation” under 42 U.S.C. Section 12182(a),
SafeSpeed is entitled to judgment as a matter of law. Furthermore, even if plaintiff were to prevail
on the merits of his ADA claim, the Court would decline to award injunctive relief – the only
relief to which plaintiff might be entitled – because any threat that plaintiff would receive another
wrongful notice of violation is essentially non-existent and entirely speculative.
SafeSpeed is entitled to summary judgment on plaintiff’s negligence claim
(Count III).4 The KDOR was the actual and proximate cause of the misidentification in this
In the P retrial Order (Doc. #167) filed May 5, 2022, SafeSpeed asserts the affirmative defense
that it is not a place of public accommodation for purposes of coverage under the ADA.
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case. On these facts, SafeSpeed had no legal duty to confirm that the KDOR identification was
correct before providing the information to the Village. In addition, on these facts, plaintiff
suffered no physical injury and is not entitled to recover damages for emotional distress.
SafeSpeed is entitled to summary judgment on plaintiff’s malicious
prosecution claim (Count IV). Plaintiff has not identified a genuine issue of material fact with
regard to whether SafeSpeed initiated or controlled the traffic violation proceeding against
plaintiff, whether it lacked probable cause to do so, or whether SafeSpeed acted with malice.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Defendant Safespeed, LLC’s Motion For
Summary Judgment (Doc. #168) filed May 6, 2022, be and hereby is SUSTAINED.
Dated this 2nd day of August, 2022 at Kansas City, Kansas.
s/ Kathryn H. Vratil
KATHRYN H. VRATIL
United States District Judge
(…continued) Plaintiff does not acknowledge this issue or advance factual allegations which
would support a finding that the ADA does apply. SafeSpeed does not argue, however, that it is entitled
to judgment on the pleadings.
Plaintiff argues that the fact that SafeSpeed does not allow the public into its office does not
defeat ADA coverage, but for obvious reasons, the fact that SafeSpeed does not allow the public into its
office does not create ADA coverage.
In the Pretrial Order, plaintiff asserts that SafeSpeed breached its duty to properly confirm the
identity of the alleged violator before issuing the notice of violation. At oral argument, plaintiff’s
counsel argued that SafeSpeed also breached an independent duty to provide courteous, accurate
consumer assistance to plaintiff. This theory of liability is not contained in the Pretrial Order.
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