BREAKING NEWS

AG Josh Hawley Emphasizes Office’s Commitment to Transparency


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 18, 2017) – In response to the audit released by State Auditor Nicole Galloway this morning, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley emphasized his commitment to increasing transparency and accountability for expenditures from the State’s Legal Expense Fund. The audit released today analyzed records dating back to 2012, and it considered only the first two months of 2017.  Read more...

AG Hawley Investigates Equifax, Calls on Company to Stop Selling Products to Breach Victims


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 19, 2017) - Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his office is investigating Equifax, in concert with other state attorneys general. The state attorneys general launched their investigation shortly following Equifax’s disclosure of the breach of consumer files earlier this summer.   Read more...

AG Hawley Announces that his Office Will Retain Independent Counsel to Investigate Allegations of Withholding Evidence by Koster Administration


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 25, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his Office intends to retain independent counsel to investigate alleged wrongdoing by the Koster Administration in connection with the 2012 civil lawsuit over the death of Anthony Lamar Smith. Read more...

AG Josh Hawley Announces Statewide Business Council Against Human Trafficking


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 26, 2017) - Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced the formation of a new coalition of Missouri businesses committed to fighting human trafficking in the State. The announcement, which took place at the Missouri Chamber of Commerce in Jefferson City, is the latest initiative in Attorney General Hawley’s crackdown on human trafficking in Missouri. As part of that effort, Hawley has issued new regulations targeting traffickers, formed a statewide anti-trafficking task force, and spearheaded the largest anti-trafficking raid in Missouri history. Read more...

AG Josh Hawley Announces Chariton County Conviction


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 27, 2017)  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that a Chariton County jury found Kris Eugene Ward, 40, of Columbia, guilty of statutory rape and endangering the welfare of a child. Ward sexually abused an 11-year-old girl over the course of several months. Read more...

AG Hawley Names Hal Goldsmith as Independent Counsel to Investigate Allegations of Wrongdoing by Koster Administration


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 28, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today appointed Mr. Hal Goldsmith of Bryan Cave, LLC as independent, outside counsel to investigate allegations of wrongdoing by the Koster Administration. Mr. Goldsmith spent more than 20 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, where he specialized in the prosecution of government corruption. He has substantial experience in investigating government wrongdoing and specific expertise in legal ethics and internal investigations.  Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Medicaid Fraud Settlement with Mylan Inc.


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 28, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that Missouri will receive over $3.1 million as part of a $465 million settlement against Mylan Inc. This settlement resolves allegations that Mylan knowingly underpaid rebates owed to Missouri’s Medicaid program for the sales of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr.   Read more...

AG Hawley Urges EPA to Abolish Job-Killing Waters Rule


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 29, 2017) - Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley called on the EPA to permanently abolish the 2015 Waters of the United States rule. Missouri has fought the rule in court. Attorney General Hawley and 24 other attorneys general sent the EPA a letter Wednesday calling on the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to fully eliminate the Obama-era rule and enforce pre-existing rules until more concise language can be adopted.   Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Guilty Verdict in Barry County Double Murder


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 29, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced the conviction of Christopher L. Paschall, 40, of Springdale, Arkansas. A Newton County jury found Paschall guilty of two counts of murder in the first degree, parental kidnapping, and three counts of armed criminal action.  Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Guilty Plea in Public Corruption Case


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 2, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that Cooper County Clerk Darryl Kempf has pled guilty to stealing. Kempf was accused of leasing a 2014 Toyota Tundra on behalf of Cooper County using county funds. He then improperly used county funds to pay off the reminder of the lease. In addition, he asked his deputy clerk to sign an affidavit saying the truck was being given to him and had the vehicle titled in his name in the Columbia license office. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Grant of Preliminary Injunction


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 11, 2017)  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced the next step in the prosecution of 15 defendants, including six massage parlors, in their alleged involvement in human trafficking activity in Springfield, Missouri. At a hearing on Friday, Greene County Judge Michael Cordonnier gave a verbal order granting a preliminary injunction barring these businesses from engaging in prostitution activities. Eight law enforcement officers testified and presented evidence gathered during raids conducted in July, during the hearing.    Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Sexually Violent Predator Commitment


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 12, 2017)  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced the sexually violent predator commitment of Jamie B. McPherson, 71, of Independence. McPherson has a decades-long history of molesting prepubescent boys and girls and at one point admitted he'd had over 100 child victims of either molestation, sodomy, or sexual contact.   Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Henry County Conviction


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 13, 2017) – Attorney General Joshua Hawley announced that a Henry County jury has found Wesley Michael Hays, 30, of Pleasanton, Kansas, guilty of involuntary manslaughter, assault in the second degree, and failing to keep right on a roadway for causing a crash that killed Bates County Commissioner Larry Berry in 2014. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces $120 Million Multistate Settlement with General Motors Company Over Defective Ignition Switches


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 19, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced a $120 million multistate settlement with General Motors Company (“GM”) over allegations GM concealed safety issues regarding ignition-switch-related defects in GM vehicles. The settlement, reached between the attorneys general of 49 states, the District of Columbia, and GM, concludes a multistate investigation into the auto manufacturer’s failure to timely disclose known safety defects associated with unintended key-rotation-related and/or ignition-switch-related issues in several models and model years of GM vehicles. Read more...

AG Josh Hawley Statement on SB5 Ruling


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 23, 2017) – In response to Judge S. Margene Burnett’s ruling in the Circuit Court of Jackson County today, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley issued the following statement: “I am very pleased with today’s ruling. SB5 enacts sensible regulations that protect the health of women in Missouri and we will continue to vigorously defend these.” Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Multistate $220 Million Antitrust Settlement with Deutsche Bank


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 25, 2017)  – Attorney General Josh Hawley announced today that Missouri has reached a multistate settlement with Deutsche Bank for fraudulent conduct involving the manipulation of LIBOR. LIBOR is a benchmark interest rate that affects financial instruments worth trillions of dollars and has a widespread impact on global markets and consumers. LIBOR manipulation hurt government and not-for-profit counterparties in Missouri and across the country. Read more...

AG Hawley Welcomes President Trump’s Opioid Announcement


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 26, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s declaration of the opioid crisis as a National Public Health Emergency saying: “Missourians have lost neighbors, friends, and family members to a crisis fueled by companies that put profit ahead of health by preying on people struggling with pain. Read more...

AG Hawley Expands Opioid Investigation to Include Three Distributors


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 31, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley continues to widen his fight against the ongoing opioid crisis today announcing the issuance of civil investigative demands to three major opioid distributors. These investigative demands, the equivalent of a subpoena, require the distributors to provide documents and information relevant to the Attorney General Office’s ongoing investigation into the pharmaceutical industry’s involvement in the opioid epidemic. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Two Convictions in Child Sex Abuse Cases


Jefferson City, Mo. (November 7, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced two recent convictions in child sexual abuse cases. A Jackson County jury found Brian Lewis, 26, of Kansas City, guilty of four counts of first-degree statutory sodomy, two counts of first-degree statutory rape, and two counts of incest for the sexual abuse of a female relative beginning when she was four years old. The jury heard evidence that Lewis sexually abused the victim when her mother was not home, often with the victim’s infant sister present. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Multistate Settlement with Deceptive Charity


Jefferson City, Mo. (November 8, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Joshua Hawley today announced a settlement between 24 states and VietNow National Headquarters, Inc., an Illinois nonprofit corporation, resulting in the organization’s dissolution. In its most recent financial statement, VietNow reported raising nearly $2 million nationwide. But most of this cash was paid to fundraisers, with less than 5% of funds raised going to its purported charitable programs. Read more...