BREAKING NEWS

AG Hawley Urges EPA to Return Authority to States and Local Governments


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 7, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today asked the Environmental Protection Agency to reevaluate its regulatory authority over states and localities. Hawley joins Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and eighteen other Attorneys General in requesting EPA obey federal law and return authority to states and local governments. Read more...

Attorney General's Office to Help Resource Missourians Affected by Tornadoes


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 9, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley’s Consumer Protection Section will be in Oak Grove this weekend to answer questions and provide information along with disaster-related assistance. Representatives from the Attorney General’s Office will provide guidance on selecting reputable contractors, avoiding price gouging, protecting personal information from identity fraud, and other scams seen after natural disasters. Read more...

Missouri Attorney General’s Office Announces James Layton to Argue Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Pauley at the U.S. Supreme Court


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 10, 2017) - The Missouri Attorney General’s Office today announced the appointment of James Layton, former Solicitor General of Missouri to present oral argument to the U.S. Supreme Court in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Pauley, No. 15-577 (U.S.). The case, concerning the availability of public grant monies to religious institutions, was litigated in the lower courts and briefed at the U.S. Supreme Court by Attorney General Chris Koster’s administration, before Attorney General Hawley took office. Oral argument is scheduled for April 19, 2017. Attorney General Josh Hawley is recused from the case. Read more...

AG Hawley Takes on Unconstitutional Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 13, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley filed a brief in federal court arguing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) is unconstitutional. Joined by 14 other states, the brief was filed ahead of oral arguments in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The CFPB was created during the Obama Administration and exercises sweeping regulatory authority over the financial-services industry, including local banks. Read more...

AG Hawley Hails Trump Energy Order as Victory for Missouri


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 29, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today hailed the latest deregulation order from the Trump Administration as a major victory for Missouri. Trump's order, signed Tuesday, begins the repeal process for the so-called Clean Power Plan, a massive network of regulations issued by President Obama that would have driven energy prices up in Missouri by double digits. Missouri challenged the regulations in federal court as unconstitutional. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces St. Francois County Medicaid Fraud Conviction


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 30, 2017) – On March 23, 2017, a St. Francois County jury found Christina Halter, 52, guilty of one count of Medicaid Fraud, two counts of financial exploitation, one count of obstructing a Medicaid Fraud investigation, one count of failing to file an income tax return, one count of failing to pay income tax, and one count of attempting to evade income tax liability. The jury recommended a sentence for Christina Halter of 89 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Following Christina Halter’s conviction, on March 28, 2017, Donald Halter, 56, pled guilty in St. Francois County Circuit Court to the same seven counts. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Annual Statistics of Missouri One Call Enforcement


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 31, 2017) — Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced the results of enforcement in 2016 of the Missouri Underground Facility Safety and Damage Prevention Act, also known as the Missouri One Call Law. That law requires all excavators to call a notification center, Missouri One Call System, Inc., before digging anywhere in the state. The law then requires all owners of underground pipelines and infrastructure in the excavation area to mark their facilities within two working days. Read more...

AG Josh Hawley Announces Missouri Crackdown on Human Trafficking


St. Louis, Mo. (April 3, 2017) – Speaking from a safe-house in an undisclosed location near St. Louis, Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced major new initiatives to combat human trafficking in Missouri. Joined by law enforcement officers, trafficking survivors, and victim advocates, Hawley announced bold new measures that are effective immediately. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Arrest of Mississippi County Sheriff


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 5, 2017) – Attorney General Joshua Hawley announced today that his office has filed two sets of criminal charges against Mississippi County Sheriff Cory A. Hutchinson. The first complaint charges that Hutcheson committed seven counts of forgery, seven counts of tampering with computer data, and one count of notary misconduct. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Restitution for Missourians and Civil Penalties in Case Against St. Louis Bankruptcy Business


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 6, 2017) – The Missouri Attorney General’s Office has reached agreement with St. Louis bankruptcy services provider, Critique Services, and its owner Beverly Diltz to resolve litigation alleging that Critique Services and Diltz defrauded Missouri consumers in the purchase of bankruptcy services. Read more...

AG Hawley Applauds Senate Confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 7, 2017)  – Attorney General Josh Hawley has released the following statement regarding the Senate confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court: “I applaud the Senate for confirming Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court,” said Hawley. “As a constitutional lawyer, I know the vital importance of judges who interpret the Constitution the way We the People wrote it, not how judges want it to be. Justice Gorsuch will be faithful to the Constitution the people wrote and ratified. I look forward to his many years of service.” Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Felony Convictions in Storm Chasing Case


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 13, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley’s Office has won felony convictions in the St. Louis area against a storm-chaser scam artist and his company. Jack Edward Jones and Countrywide Shingle & Siding, L.L.C. pleaded guilty to criminal charges and agreed to repay nearly $100,000 in restitution to the twenty-three (23) Missourians defrauded by his scheme. Additionally, the Court ordered Jones to complete five (5) years of supervised probation, including the condition that Jones’ business bank account is subject to monitoring to prevent future fraud. Read more...

Missouri Attorney General’s Office Recuses From Trinity Lutheran Case


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 18, 2017) – First Assistant and Solicitor General John Sauer has announced the recusal of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office from the Trinity Lutheran case: “Last Thursday, Governor Greitens issued a directive prohibiting state agencies from denying public grants to religious groups on account of their religious nature,” Sauer said. Read more...

AG Hawley Criticizes Federal Court Ruling; Promises to Appeal


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 19, 2017)  – Attorney General Josh Hawley released the following statement on the federal district court’s order on Planned Parenthood v. Williams: “Today a federal court struck down large portions of Missouri law that protect the health and safety of women who seek to obtain an abortion,” Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Guilty Verdict of Jackson County Sexual Predator


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 20, 2017) – On April 19, 2017, a Jackson County jury found defendant Isidro Cruz-Basurto, 33, of Kansas City guilty of four (4) counts of statutory sodomy in the first degree and two (2) counts of child molestation first degree. From 2012 to 2014, Cruz-Basurto molested a 7-year-old girl. When questioned, the defendant said he was conducting private medical exams in his bedroom to test if anyone else was abusing the victim. The defendant faces up to life imprisonment on each sodomy count, up to fifteen (15) years imprisonment on each molestation count, and a total minimum of at least forty (40) years. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Another Sexually Violent Predator Conviction


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 25, 2017) – The Attorney General’s Office has secured the conviction of another sexually violent predator. A jury in Franklin County convicted James Crow, 62, on April 21. Crow has been committed to the Department of Mental Health for treatment until such time he is safe to be at large.  Read more...

AG Hawley Defends Safe at Home Program


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 26, 2017) – The Attorney General’s Office has filed an emergency motion to defend the Secretary of State’s “Safe at Home” program following a judge’s order calling the integrity of the program into question. “Safe at Home” allows victims of domestic violence and other crimes to shield their home addresses on public documents. Read more...

AG Hawley Takes WOTUS Fight to Supreme Court


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 27, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today filed a merits brief in the Supreme Court of the United States challenging the Obama Administration's anti-agriculture Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule. Finalized in August 2015, this rule significantly expands the EPA's ability to regulate water on farm land -- without congressional approval. Read more...

AG Hawley Releases Legal Expense Fund Report


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 1, 2017) – For the first time in Missouri’s history, Attorney General Josh Hawley has released a detailed report outlining all settlements and judgments made against the Legal Expense Fund (LEF), including all court costs and expenses associated with those settlements and judgments. The first-ever report can be found here.   Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Rapid Response Team To Help Victims of Flooding


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 2, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced he is forming a Natural Disaster Rapid Response Team in the Attorney General’s Office to help victims of the flooding that has devastated the state. “We are mobilizing all available resources to help Missourians protect themselves and their families after this terrible flooding,” Hawley said. Read more...