2019 NEWS ARCHIVES 

AG Schmitt Secures Three More Federal Indictments Through Safer Streets Initiative


St. Louis, Mo. (July 9, 2019)  – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office has secured an additional three federal indictments in St. Louis through the Safer Streets Initiative. All three indictments, which were recently unsealed, were obtained by Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys (SAUSAs) deputized by the U.S. Attorney’s Office as part of the Safer Streets Initiative. Schmitt announced the first federal indictment obtained by a SAUSA on June 27th. Read more...

St. Louis Crime Commission Donates $200,000 to Better Family Life to Prevent Violent Crime in St. Louis


St. Louis, Mo. (July 8, 2019) – Today, the St. Louis Crime Commission – joined by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District Jeff Jensen, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Chief John Hayden, and St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar – announced in a press conference an investment of $200,000 to Better Family Life to help deter violent crime and aid families of victims of violent crime in the St. Louis region. Better Family Life, represented by James Clark, accepted the donation from the Crime Commission’s President Ed Dowd. Read more...

AG Schmitt Announces Lawsuit Against Cass County Roofing Company for Fraud


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 3, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced his office filed a lawsuit against Apex Contracting & Roofing (“Apex”), a roofing company in Cass County, Missouri and its owner Jason Stewart. The lawsuit was brought as a result of multiple complaints filed by Missouri consumers. Read more...

AG Schmitt Resolves Lawsuit with City of Diamond Over Traffic Ticket Quotas


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 2, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his lawsuit with the City of Diamond has been resolved. Attorney General Schmitt filed the lawsuit against the City of Diamond in April, alleging that members of the city’s police force were enforcing a traffic ticket quota in order to generate more revenue for the city. The settlement agreement stipulates that the City of Diamond will have to implement internal policies and procedures to ensure compliance in the future, and host a mandatory training for the Mayor, members of the Board of Aldermen, and the Chief of Police regarding the requirements of relevant state statutes. Read more...

Pharmacist Ordered to Repay $125,000 to Missouri’s Medicaid Program


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 27, 2019) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that Steven Baraban, pursuant to a plea agreement, was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri to 3 years probation and ordered to repay Missouri’s Medicaid program $125,102.50. Baraban’s sentencing follows his March 1, 2019, guilty plea to one count of health care fraud. Read more...

AG Schmitt Announces First Federal Indictment Obtained Through Safer Streets Initiative


St. Louis, Mo. (June 27, 2019) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that the first federal indictment obtained by a Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) under the Safer Streets Initiative was handed down in St. Louis. One of five Assistant Attorneys General deputized as SAUSAs as part of the Safer Streets Initiative in St. Louis secured the indictment on June 6, 2019, and the indictment recently was unsealed. Read more...

Missouri AG and Group of Local, State, and Federal Agencies Partner with FTC for New Crackdown on Illegal Robocalls


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 25, 2019) – Attorney General Schmitt, along with a multitude of state Attorneys General, and local, state, and federal agencies, announced a partnership to crack down on illegal robocalls. Among all participants in the joint crackdown, called “Operation Call it Quits,” 94 actions have been taken targeting operations around the country responsible for more than one billion calls pitching a variety of products and services, including credit card interest rate reduction services, money-making opportunities, and medical alert systems. Read more...

Missouri Attorney General’s Office to Aid Consumers Affected by the Flood at MARC Locations


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 25, 2019) - The Attorney General’s Office is joining with local and state agencies to help those affected by the devastating flooding throughout Missouri. Investigators from the Attorney General’s office will provide resource materials with tips on selecting reputable contractors, avoiding price gouging, protecting personal information from identity fraud, and other scams seen after natural disasters. Read more...

AG Schmitt Statement on Killing of North County Cooperative Officer Michael Langsdorf


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 24, 2019) – Following the tragic killing of North County Cooperative Police Officer Michael Langsdorf, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt released the following statement: Read more...

Attorneys in Missouri Attorney General’s Office Receive Spate of Awards


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 21, 2018) – Recently, some of the talented attorneys in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office have been awarded for their hard work and dedication to serving the people of Missouri. Assistant Attorneys General Nathan Aquino and Jennifer Szczucinski were both nominated for awards from the Missouri Bar Foundation, and members of the Solicitor General team were award the “Best Brief” award from the National Association of Attorneys General. Read more...

AG Schmitt Highlights the State of Missouri in Speech to Missouri Boys State


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 20, 2019) – In a speech to a raucous Missouri Boys State crowd on Tuesday evening, Attorney General Schmitt had a simple message: you’re welcome. Addressing everyone located outside of Missouri – specifically those in the coastal states - Schmitt highlighted the important inventions, people, and events that have all come out of Missouri, followed by a hearty “you’re welcome.” Read more...

AG Schmitt Hosts Second “Working Group” to Discuss SAFE Kits Initiative


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 18, 2019) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and representatives from a variety of law enforcement, healthcare, and advocacy organizations gathered today in Jefferson City to discuss the progress and next steps in the SAFE Kit Initiative. The SAFE Kit Initiative is an effort to clear out the backlog of untested sexual assault kits in Missouri by gathering an inventory, creating a tracking system, and eventually testing certain kits. Read more...

AG Schmitt Sues Garden City for Sunshine Law Violations


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 17, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office is filing a lawsuit against the city of Garden City for disbanding most of their police department in a vote behind closed doors, a violation of Missouri’s Sunshine Law. Located in Cass County, Garden City voted to disband most of its police department in a vote held by the Board of Aldermen in November of 2018. Read more...

AG Schmitt Joins Kickoff of Clean Sweep 2019


St. Louis, Mo. (June 14, 2019) - Today, Attorney General Schmitt joined James Clark and Better Family Life for their kickoff event of their Clean Sweep 2019 initiative. Better Family Life founded and is leading this effort, along with developers and business leaders from the Regional Business Council in St. Louis, to knock down abandoned buildings in North St. Louis as they’re often havens for crime. Read more...

AG Schmitt Announces Multistate Settlement with Private Lender that Will Deliver over $4.7 Million in Debt Relief to Former Missouri ITT Tech Students


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 14, 2019) – Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that the Missouri Attorney General’s Office has secured an agreement to obtain over $4.7 million in debt relief for approximately 600 former ITT Tech students in Missouri as part of a multistate settlement. Nationally, the settlement will result in debt relief of more than $168 million for more than 18,000 former students at ITT Tech, the failed for-profit college. The settlement is with Student CU Connect CUSO, LLC (“CUSO”), which offered loans to finance students’ tuition at ITT Tech. Read more...

AG Schmitt Expands Opioid Lawsuit


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 11, 2019) – Today, Attorney General Schmitt filed a motion to add additional claims in the state of Missouri’s lawsuit against Purdue Pharma and other defendants and ramp up efforts to hold manufacturers accountable. Attorney General Schmitt has continued the state of Missouri’s lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, Endo Pharmaceuticals, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals and their parent company Johnson and Johnson. Today, Schmitt expanded the claims against Purdue Pharma and other defendants, alleging public nuisance and unjust enrichment. Read more...

AG Schmitt Announces Distribution of Sham Charity Settlement Money


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 5, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced court approval of the disbursement of money received in a settlement with sham charity Disabled Police and Sheriffs Foundation, and its founder, David Kenik. Read more...

AG Schmitt Releases Annual Vehicle Stops Report


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 31, 2019) – Today, Attorney General Eric Schmitt released the annual Vehicle Stops Report required of his office under the statutes passed by SB 1053. This Vehicle Stops Report is the first aggregation showing data collected under the newly implemented residency question. Additionally, Schmitt has pledged even more changes to the report, including adjustments for deeper analysis of the data and more context surrounding traffic enforcement.   Read more...

Missouri Attorney General’s Office Offering Help to Disaster-Stricken Citizens at MARC Locations


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (May 30, 2019) – Following devastating flooding and tornadoes in Jefferson City last week, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office is joining a multitude of agencies and groups at Multi-Agency Resource Centers to provide aid to those who have been hit hardest by these natural disasters. Read more...

AG Schmitt Warns of Ticket Scalping Ahead of Stanley Cup Finals Coming to St. Louis


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 29, 2019) – Ahead of the St. Louis Blues returning home for game three of the Stanley Cup Finals, Attorney General Schmitt is issuing a warning to everyone seeking to buy tickets for the game. Ticket scalpers and scammers are more prevalent  during the playoffs, especially the final series, and Missourians should be aware of what to look out for when buying tickets.   Read more...

AG Schmitt Joins 51 AG Coalition Calling for Forgiveness of Student Loans for Totally and Permanently Disabled Veterans


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 24, 2019) – Attorney General Schmitt today joined a group of 51 Attorneys General in urging the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to automatically forgive the student loans of veterans who became totally and permanently disabled in connection with their military service. The bipartisan coalition issued its letter as the country prepares to honor fallen troops on Memorial Day.   Read more...

AG Schmitt Closes Offsets Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 24, 2019) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that a judge has ordered “The Offsets” swimming hole to cease operations until necessary safety measures are implemented. “The Offsets” is a lead mine turned swimming hole in Southeast Missouri. Since its opening in the early 1980’s, at least 9 people have died from drowning or falling off of the bluffs and countless other injuries have occurred.   Read more...

AG Schmitt Asks Congress to Amend Communication Decency Act, Allow More Efficient Enforcement


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 23, 2019) — Attorney General Schmitt joined 46 AGs across the country this week to ask Congress, again, to amend the Communications Decency Act in order to make sure state and local authorities are able to better protect our citizens online and take appropriate action against criminal actors. “Fighting sex trafficking and human trafficking is one of the top priorities of my office, and that means having the ability to effectively combat those practices on digital mediums as well,” said Attorney General Schmitt. Read more...

AG Schmitt Warns Missourians of Price Gouging, Scams in Wake of Storms and Tornadoes


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 23, 2019) – Following heavy thunderstorms and tornadoes that swept through the Jefferson City area and other parts of Missouri, Attorney General Schmitt is urging Missourians to watch out for price gouging as they buy supplies, and be wary of scams as they look to make repairs.   Read more...

AG Schmitt Joins FBI Human Trafficking Task Force


Kansas City, Mo. (May 20, 2019) – Attorney General Schmitt and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are teaming up to fight back against human trafficking in Missouri. In a press conference today, Attorney General Schmitt announced that the Missouri Attorney General’s Office is joining the FBI’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force.  Read more...

AG Schmitt Delivers UMKC Law Commencement Speech, Focuses on Free Speech


Kansas City, Mo. (May 18, 2019) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt delivered the University of Missouri, Kansas City Law School commencement keynote speech this afternoon. Speaking to the group of graduates, Schmitt focused mainly on the history of the first amendment, its application in society, and how important it is to preserve it, especially on college campuses. Read more...

AG Schmitt to Give Commencement Address at UMKC Law Graduation


Kansas City, Mo. (May 17, 2019) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is set to deliver the commencement address at the University of Missouri, Kansas City law school graduation tomorrow afternoon. The Attorney General plans to speak to the group of law school graduates mainly on the importance of preserving free speech on college campuses and across the world. Read more...

AG Schmitt, Governor Parson Reach Joint Memorandum of Understanding on Social Media, Email Use


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 16, 2019) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Governor Mike Parson announced today they had reached Joint Memorandum of Understanding regarding official office and personal use of social media accounts. The agreement was reached following the conclusion of the Attorney General’s investigation into the alleged Sunshine Law violations by the previous Administration of the Office of the Governor of Missouri. Read more...

AG Schmitt Raises Concerns with Public Defender Commission Proposed Agreement, Files Motion to Intervene


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 14, 2019) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is raising concerns with the Public Defender Commission’s proposed consent judgement with the American Civil Liberties Union to restrict working hours for public defenders. The Attorney General’s Office today filed a motion to intervene in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Read more...

AG Schmitt Sues Teva, 19 Other Drug Manufacturers, and 15 Individuals Alleging Price Fixing Scheme on Over 100 Generic Drugs


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 13, 2019) – Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that the state of Missouri is joining the State of Connecticut’s lawsuit against Teva Pharmaceuticals and 19 of the nation's largest generic drug manufacturers, alleging that the companies drastically inflated and manipulated prices, reduced competition and unreasonably restrained trade for more than 100 different generic drugs. This is one of the most damaging and far-reaching price fixing schemes in modern history, with certain companies inflating prices by nearly 1,000 percent. Read more...



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