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April 23, 2012

Attorney General Koster sues Springfield consignment shop

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster today filed a lawsuit in Greene County Circuit Court against a defunct Springfield company, scrapscrap, inc., doing business as The Queen City Emporium, and its former president, Jayne E. Wilson, for multiple violations of Missouri’s consumer protection laws.

Koster alleges that beginning at least as early as March 1, 2010, The Queen City Emporium and Wilson operated a retail store selling handmade items such as jewelry, clothing, food items, healthcare products, and art work. To obtain the merchandise, The Queen City Emporium examined internet sites through which sellers sold merchandise and solicited sellers to enter into agreements for The Queen City Emporium to sell their merchandise on a consignment basis.

According to Koster, The Queen City Emporium and Wilson allegedly violated Missouri law in multiple ways, including:

  • Failing to deliver monthly statements to consignors, as promised;
  • Failing to make payments to consignors after the sale of their merchandise; and
  • Failing to return the consignor’s unsold items.

Koster is seeking full restitution for those harmed by Wilson and the company, as well as civil penalties and investigative costs. He also is seeking a permanent injunction prohibiting Wilson and the company from selling merchandise on consignment and from violating Missouri’s consumer protection laws.

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