NEWS

  • AG Schmitt Announces Revamped Sunshine Law Book During Sunshine Week

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:07 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (March 11, 2019) – As Missouri celebrates Sunshine Week, Attorney General Schmitt announced today a redesigned and more user-friendly Sunshine Law Book. One of the changes is an addition of a “Top 10 Things to Know” regarding the Missouri Sunshine Law, open records or meetings, and more. The new book can be found on the Missouri Attorney General’s website at sunshine.ago.mo.gov.
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  • AG Schmitt Warns of Scams and Fraud During Tax Season

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:05 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (March 8, 2019) – On the last day of National Consumer Protection Week, AG Schmitt is warning Missouri consumers about possible scams that arise during tax season. Scammers and fraudsters take advantage of the confusion that may occur before filing taxes to steal money, identities, or secure information.
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  • AG Schmitt and the Federal Trade Commission Secure Record $30 Million in Sweepstakes Scam Case

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:04 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (March 7, 2019) - The operators of a sweepstakes scam that appeared to target senior citizens have agreed to forfeit a record $30 million in cash and assets and will be permanently banned from the prize promotion business under a settlement secured by the Federal Trade Commission and the State of Missouri. “Protecting our most vulnerable citizens, including the elderly, is something that I dedicate myself to every single day,” said AG Schmitt.
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  • AG Schmitt Files Lawsuit Against Telemarketer Making Robocalls to Missouri Residents

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:02 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (March 5, 2019) – Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office has filed suit against four Florida-based businesses, Health Advisors of America, Inc., Duff Insurance Brokerage Inc., America’s Best Insurance Group Inc., and Michael T Smith Insurance Inc., and their Presidents, Michael Smith Jr. and Zachary Cox, for violations of Missouri’s No-Call Law. The lawsuit alleges the Defendants violated Missouri law by making automated telephone calls, or “robocalls,” offering health insurance to Missouri residents who were on the Missouri No-Call list.
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  • AG Schmitt Announces Start of Wells Fargo Consumer Redress Review Program

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:00 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (March 6, 2019) – Wells Fargo has launched a consumer review program for Missourians who believe they were harmed by the actions of the company, but have yet to receive compensation, according to Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt.
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  • AG Schmitt Announces Consumer Protection Week

    Jun 13, 2019, 15:57 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (March 4, 2019) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Consumer Protection Week, which will take place from March 4th to March 9th, to promote, discuss, and highlight the work that the Consumer Protection Section does to protect Missourians from scams and fraud. The Missouri Attorney General’s Office joins other Attorneys General as well as national partners such as the Federal Trade Commission in promoting Consumer Protection Week.
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  • AG Schmitt Announces Communications Director Marianna Deal

    Jun 13, 2019, 15:56 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (March 1, 2019) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is announcing that he has recruited 28 year FleishmanHillard veteran Marianna Deal to serve as his Communications Director. Marianna joins Chris Nuelle, Press Secretary, who has served in numerous political campaigns and organizations.
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  • AG Schmitt Names State Coordinator of Sexual Assault Kit Initiative to Eliminate Backlog of Untested Sexual Assault Kits

    Jun 13, 2019, 15:53 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (February 27, 2019) – Attorney General Schmitt announced today that he has appointed the honorable Judge M. Keithley Williams, a former trial judge in Jasper County and treatment court administrator in the City of St. Louis, to lead the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative. Made possible by a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Judge Williams will work with law enforcement agencies to clear out the backlog of untested sexual assault kits, bring peace of mind to victims, and assist law enforcement in bringing those responsible to justice.
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  • AG Schmitt, Senator Onder, and Representative Gregory Announce Statute to Fight Carjackings in Missouri

    Jun 13, 2019, 15:51 PM by AG Schmitt
    St. Louis, Mo. (February 25, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, State Senator Bob Onder, and State Representative David Gregory announced in a press conference that they would partner on introducing a statute to better address and prosecute violent carjackings in the state of Missouri. The statute would allow prosecutors to charge carjackers with motor vehicle hijacking rather than a broader robbery charge, which will allow for more efficient prosecution, simplified and more detailed statistical tracking, and an increase in uniform sentencing.
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  • AG Schmitt Meets with Local Prosecuting Attorneys in Cape Girardeau

    Jun 13, 2019, 15:50 PM by AG Schmitt
    Cape Girardeau, Mo. (February 7, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Schmitt met with local prosecuting attorneys from Southeast Missouri to discuss ways to work together to combat a variety of issues, including violent crime, the opioid crisis, human trafficking, and more. Schmitt also met with prosecutors in the Kansas City area in late January, and hopes to continue to meet with prosecutors across the state.
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  • AG Schmitt Announces Investigation into “Daycare Fight Club”

    Jun 13, 2019, 15:47 PM by AG Schmitt
    St. Louis, Mo. (February 20, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that the Attorney General’s Office served a civil investigative demand yesterday to Adventure Learning Center for information relating to the “daycare fight club” caught on camera in the St. Louis school in late 2016. Schmitt’s investigation is separate from St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s investigation.
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  • AG Schmitt Announces Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys for Safer Streets Initiative

    Jun 13, 2019, 15:45 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (February 15, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced five Assistant Attorneys General who will be designated as Special Assistant United States Attorneys to help prosecute violent crime in St. Louis as part of the Safer Streets Initiative. Schmitt announced the Safer Streets Initiative in late January, an unprecedented cooperative effort between the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office to combat violent crime in St. Louis. Schmitt also announced an expansion of the Safer Streets Initiative to Kansas City and Springfield yesterday.
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  • AG Schmitt and U.S. Attorney Garrison Announce Expansion of Safer Streets Initiative to Springfield

    Jun 13, 2019, 15:44 PM by AG Schmitt
    Springfield, Mo. (February 14, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison announced an expansion of Schmitt’s Safer Streets Initiative to Springfield. In this unprecedented cooperative effort, the Attorney General’s Office will work together with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to more fully prosecute violent crime in the Springfield area.
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  • AG Schmitt and U.S. Attorney Garrison Announce Expansion of Safer Streets Initiative to Kansas City

    Jun 13, 2019, 15:41 PM by AG Schmitt
    Kansas City, Mo. (February 14, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison announced an expansion of Schmitt’s Safer Streets Initiative to Kansas City. In this unprecedented cooperative effort, the Attorney General’s Office will work together with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to more fully prosecute violent crime in the Kansas City area.
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  • AG Schmitt Praises Missouri Supreme Court in State Informed Consent Law Decision

    Jun 13, 2019, 15:39 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (February 13, 2019) – Today, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled against “Mary Doe” in Mary Doe vs. Michael L. Parson, a case that challenged the Missouri Informed Consent Law on the basis of religious rights. Attorney General Schmitt applauded the Missouri Supreme Court’s decision. “The Missouri Informed Consent Law is a commonsense measure that is designed to protect women from undue pressure and coercion during the sensitive decision of whether or not to have an abortion,” said Schmitt.
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  • AG Schmitt Applauds Guilty Verdict in Quadruple Homicide Case

    Jun 13, 2019, 15:38 PM by AG Schmitt
    Poplar Bluff, Mo. (February 8, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt applauded the work done by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and members of the Attorney General’s Office in obtaining guilty verdicts in a quadruple homicide case in Ripley County, Missouri. The Honorable Michael Pritchett, a judge from Butler County, decided, after a bench trial that concluded last week, to convict Keith Boyles of four counts of murder and four counts of armed criminal action. Boyles, along with David Youngblood, David’s wife, Melissa and their daughter Chantale, was involved in four murders in June and July of 2010.
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  • AG Schmitt Recaps Successful First Month as Attorney General

    Jun 13, 2019, 15:36 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (February 1, 2019) – Eric Schmitt is celebrating a successful first month as Missouri Attorney General while looking ahead to his priorities for the office in the coming months. Schmitt was officially sworn into the office on January 3, 2019. Since assuming the office, Attorney General Schmitt has focused on accruing a talented staff, increasing communications between staff and departments, cultivating a culture of professionalism and respect for the rule of law, establishing relationships with prosecutors and law enforcement agencies, and taking aggressive steps to combat violent crime.
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  • AG Schmitt Releases List of Top Ten Consumer Complaints of 2018

    Jun 13, 2019, 15:34 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (January 30, 2019) - The Missouri Attorney General’s Office received 116,912 consumer complaints in 2018. The Consumer Complaint Unit received 66,927 complaints and the No-Call Unit received 49,985 complaints. The top 10 Consumer Complaints in 2018 by industry were:
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  • AG Praises Habeas Corpus Decision in Leontae Hill Case

    Jun 13, 2019, 15:33 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (January 25, 2019) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt praised the Habeas Corpus work of the Attorney General’s Office in Leontae Hill v. Cassady. In 2002, Hill was convicted of first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action for firing 30 rounds from a machine gun at four Kansas City police officers, wounding two. Hill filed for a writ of Habeas Corpus in February 8, 2018, which was quashed on January 22, 2019.
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  • AG Schmitt and 45 Other Attorneys General Reach a $120 Million Settlement Regarding False and Misleading Statements About Metal-On-Metal Hip Implant Devices

    Jun 13, 2019, 15:31 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (January 23, 2019) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that Missouri and 45 other states reached a $120 million Consent Judgment with Medical Device Business Inc. (formerly known as DePuy) and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, to resolve allegations that DePuy unlawfully promoted its metal-on-metal hip implant devices, the ASR XL and the Pinnacle Ultamet. Under the settlement, Missouri will receive over $2.2 million.
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