2017 NEWS ARCHIVES 

Court grants AG Hawley’s request for temporary restraining order


Springfield, Mo. (July 21, 2017) - Attorney General Josh Hawley and attorneys from the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office brought a temporary restraining order (TRO) against a number of the massage parlors that were raided on Thursday as part of a major crackdown against suspect human trafficking in Springfield, Missouri. Read more...

AG Hawley takes emergency action to shut down Missouri businesses connected to human trafficking


Springfield, Mo. (July 20, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today took emergency legal action to shut down a series of Southwest Missouri businesses connected to human trafficking. This action follows raids Thursday across the Springfield region by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Attorney General’s Office and other agencies targeting businesses believed to be involved in illegal trafficking. Read more...

AG Hawley announces St. Louis contractor pleads guilty to home repair fraud


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 19, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that Donald J. Harralston, 34, pleaded guilty to stealing by deceit and unlawful merchandising practices today in St. Louis County Circuit Court. In his plea, Harralston admitted that he lied to three St. Louis home-owners when he contracted to install new roofs but instead took their down payments and then failed to do any work or provide any materials.  Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Murder Indictment of Father and Son


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 18, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley announced today that his office has secured two indictments for murder involving a Douglas County father and son. The first indictment charges James “Lee” Aborn, 66, of Ava, Missouri with one count of murder in the second degree, one count of assault in the first degree and two counts of armed criminal action for the January 26, 2017 shooting that took the life of one man and injured another. Read more...

AG Hawley Lauds Creation of Prescription Drug Monitoring Database


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 17, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today applauded Governor Eric Greitens’ creation of a statewide Prescription Drug Monitoring Database. “Today’s first step toward a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri is long overdue,” Hawley said. “I brought suit against major opioid manufacturers last month to start the fight to end the opioid epidemic in our state. A prescription drug monitoring database is critical to that effort.”    Read more...

AG Hawley to Backpage: There is no First Amendment right to engage in human trafficking


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 12, 2017)  – Today, Backpage.com sought to block an investigation by the Missouri Attorney General’s Office in federal court. The company filed a lawsuit, which states that they are protected by federal law and the First Amendment from any claims made against them regarding alleged sex-trafficking activity.   Read more...

MO Farmers to Benefit from WOTUS Withdrawal


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 27, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley issued the following statement following the EPA’s withdrawal today of the anti-agriculture Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule. The rule would have given the federal government regulatory authority over almost any body of water on farmland, including isolated streams, hundred-year floodplains and roadside ditches. Read more...

MO AG Josh Hawley: Religious Liberty Wins Today


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 26, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley issued the following statement following today’s ruling by the United States Supreme Court in favor of Missouri’s Trinity Lutheran Church. The Supreme Court ruled today in a 6-3 decision that Trinity Lutheran Church could not be denied state grant money simply because of its status as a religious organization. Read more...

Missouri Attorney General Sues Opioid Manufacturers for Fraud


St. Louis, Mo. (June 21, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley filed a lawsuit today against three large drug manufacturing companies in the Circuit Court of St. Louis City. Hawley is suing Purdue Pharma, Endo Health Solutions and Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The lawsuit alleges that these companies fraudulently misrepresented the serious risks posed by the drugs they manufacture and sell. Read more...

AG Josh Hawley Joins 20-State Coalition Urging EPA to Respect States in WOTUS Review


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 20, 2017) — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley joined a 20-state coalition in requesting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency preserve the role of the states in protecting the nation’s water sources. The coalition filed its letter Monday as part of the EPA’s ongoing review of its Waters of the United States rule. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Another Conviction of a Violent Criminal


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 15, 2017) – On June 14, 2017, a Clinton County jury found Justin Ray Webb, 38, of Holt, Missouri, guilty of murder in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree. Webb will be sentenced on August 8, 2017, by the Honorable Brent Elliott, and faces a range of 10 to 30 years, or life imprisonment, for second degree murder, and up to 7 years in prison for the endangering count.  Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Corinthian College Students Eligible for Federal Student Loan Cancellation


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 8, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley, along with the Attorneys General of at least 42 other states and the District of Columbia, is reaching out to notify thousands of Missouri residents who attended schools operated by Corinthian Colleges, Inc. – including Everest Institute, Everest College, Everest University, Heald College, and Wyotech – that they are eligible for cancellation of their federal student loans used to attend those schools. If a student’s federal loan is cancelled, the student will make no more payments on the loan, and any payments already made will be refunded. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Sentencing of Christina and Donald Halter


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 5, 2017)  – In a case jointly prosecuted by the office of Attorney General Josh Hawley and St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney Jerrod Mahurin, St. Francois County Circuit Court Judge Sandra Martinez has sentenced Christina Halter, 52, and her husband, Donald Halter, 56, to 82 years and 60 years, repectively, in the Department Corrections. Judge Martinez also ordered the Halters to pay $10.3 million in medicaid fraud penalties and $331,709 in restitution.  Read more...

AG Hawley Releases Annual Vehicle Stops Report


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 1, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today released the 2016 Annual Report of Missouri Vehicle Stops and announced new measures to improve the quality of the Report’s data. “For years, commentators from a diverse range of perspectives have called for the Report to include information not just about where drivers are stopped, but where they are actually from,” Hawley said. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces April LEF Report


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 31, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today released to the public the latest report from his office outlining all settlements and judgments made against the state's Legal Expense Fund (LEF) over the last month. Attorney General Hawley announced in March that his office would begin issuing these reports to the public every thirty days. He is the first Attorney General in Missouri's history to do so.  Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Amendment 2 Appeal


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 30, 2017) – Attorney General Joshua Hawley announced today that his office has appealed the federal district court's judgment in the Amendment 2 case. That judgment invalidates portions of Missouri’s Constitutional Amendment 2 that impose restrictions on political campaign contributions. Amendment 2 was approved by nearly 70 percent of the voters in November 2016.   Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Suit Against Fake Law Enforcement Memorial


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 25, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his office filed a lawsuit in St. Francois County Circuit Court against Terry R. Lemons of Farmington, Missouri alleging that Lemons misled donors when soliciting donations for a memorial to honor fallen law enforcement officers.  Read more...

AG Josh Hawley and 42 Other State Attorneys General Reach a $33 Million Consumer Settlement with Johnson & Johnson


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 24, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley and 42 Other State Attorneys General have reached a $33 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. and Johnson & Johnson (“Defendants”). The settlement resolves allegations that Defendants, acting through McNeil PPC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson that manufactured and distributed over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, unlawfully promoted their OTC drugs as complying with federally mandated current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) even though the FDA found that some McNeil manufacturing facilities did not comply with cGMPs between 2009 and 2011. Moreover, some McNeil OTC drugs were deemed adulterated as a matter of federal law.  Read more...

Attorney General’s Rapid Response Team Helps Flood Victims Across The State


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 24, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley announced today that his office has met with nearly 1,000 Missourians across the state affected by the recent flooding. Attorney General Hawley formed a rapid response team to help victims of flooding on May 2, 2017. Since that time, the rapid response team has investigated and resolved multiple potential frauds and met with consumers at 16 locations across the state. Read more...

AG Josh Hawley Joins $18.5M Settlement with Target Corporation over 2013 Data Breach


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 23, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that the Office of the Missouri Attorney General has joined with 46 other states and the District of Columbia in an $18.5 million settlement with the Target Corporation to resolve the states’ investigation into the retail company’s 2013 data breach. The settlement represents the largest multistate data breach settlement to date. Read more...

AG Hawley Asks Court to Revoke Cory Hutcheson’s Bond, Prevent Interference in Ongoing Investigation


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 16, 2017) – Today Attorney General Josh Hawley asked the Circuit Court of Mississippi County to revoke former Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson’s bond in the pending criminal case against him. General Hawley asked that Hutcheson be jailed or barred from interfering in the Attorney General’s investigation into the death of Tory Sanders at the Mississippi County jail on the night of May 5.  Read more...

AG Josh Hawley Announces Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson Suspended Pending Investigation


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 10, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced today that Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson has been suspended from his duties after Judge William Syler granted Hawley’s order requesting that Hutcheson be removed from his position as Sheriff. Judge Syler granted General Hawley’s request Tuesday evening. Read more...

Attorney General Takes Over Investigation, Seeks to Remove Sheriff After Death of Inmate in Custody


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 9, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley has released the below statement following the death of a Mississippi County Jail inmate: ​"This afternoon I have asked a court to remove Cory Hutcheson from his position as sheriff of Mississippi County. My office has already charged Hutcheson with robbery, assault and illegal surveillance..." Read more...

AG Hawley Statement on Religious Liberty Executive Order


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 4, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley has released the following statement regarding President Trump’s Religious Liberty Executive Order: “Today President Trump has begun to roll back the Obama Administration's healthcare rules discriminating against people of faith,” said Hawley. “It is high time. We fought these unjust rules in the Hobby Lobby case -- and won.” Read more...

AG Hawley Issues Statement on Planned Parenthood Order, Promises to Appeal


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 3, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley released the following statement on the federal district court’s order granting a preliminary injunction: "The district court’s order prevents the state from enforcing two kinds of health and safety regulations: those that require abortion facilities to meet basic surgical center standards, and those that require doctors performing abortions to be able to admit patients to a nearby hospital in the event of a complication," said Hawley. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Suit Against Deceitful Charitable Organization


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 3, 2017) – Earlier today, Attorney General Joshua Hawley filed a lawsuit in the St. Charles County Circuit Court against Harold Hogarth and Gold Star College For Kids Foundation, Inc., alleging that Hogarth fraudulently took money that had been donated to provide scholarships to families of service-members killed in action. Such families are known as Gold Star families.  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...

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 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 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...



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