BREAKING NEWS

AG Hawley Expands Multistate Complaint in Federal Generic Drug Antitrust Lawsuit


Jefferson City, Mo. (November 8, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, along with 45 state attorneys general taking part in a wide-ranging multistate antitrust investigation of the generic drug industry, has asked the federal court for permission to file an amended complaint in the states' pending lawsuit that increases the number of generic drug manufacturer defendants from six to eighteen in the case and the number of drugs at issue in the litigation from two to fifteen. For the first time, the states are also suing senior executives at two generic drug companies who are alleged to have engaged in the illegal conduct. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Rape Kit Backlog Investigation


Jefferson City, Mo. (November 9, 2017) –  Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced his office will conduct a thorough audit of the reported backlog of unprocessed rape kits across the state.“Rape kits provide a powerful tool for identifying and prosecuting potential sex criminals. But both in Missouri and across the country, thousands of rape kits go untested, hamstringing law enforcement efforts to prosecute offenders,” Hawley said. Read more...

AG Hawley Issues Investigative Demands to Google, Inc.


Jefferson City, Mo. (November 13, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced today that his Office has issued an investigative subpoena to Internet giant Google, Inc., in connection with an investigation into the company’s business practices. Specifically, the investigation will seek to determine if Google has violated the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act—Missouri’s principal consumer-protection statute—and Missouri’s antitrust laws.  Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Fraud Victims May Seek Compensation from Western Union Fund


Jefferson City, Mo. (November 15, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that Missourians who were deceived into sending payments to scammers using Western Union’s wire transfer service may now apply for compensation from a $586 million fund administered by the Department of Justice’s Victim Asset Recovery Program. This fund is a result of a settlement between Missouri, 49 other states, the District of Columbia, and Western Union that was announced in January 2017. Missourians may be eligible to receive compensation if they were a victim of a fraud-induced transfer using Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017. Read more...

AG Hawley wins $643,703.60 judgment against Timothy Mundy for defrauding Missouri consumers


Jefferson City, Mo. (November 21, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley obtained a judgment of $643,703.60 on behalf of ten Missouri consumers who were defrauded by Timothy Mundy. Mundy entered into contracts to provide home construction services and demanded large upfront payments for materials. However, he would spend the upfront payments on personal expenses. Read more...

AG Hawley Offers Tips to Avoid Holiday Scams


Jefferson City, Mo. (November 22, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley offers the following tips for Missouri consumers to protect themselves during the holiday season. “We want to ensure that consumers get their deals as promised,” Hawley said. “Consumers need to do their research, be well prepared, and avoid being taken advantage of by scammers who prey upon people during this time of year.” Read more...

AG Hawley Investigating Uber Data Breach


Jefferson City, Mo. (November 22, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced his office will take immediate action to investigate the Uber data breach and whether Uber’s ensuing conduct violated Missouri consumer-protection and data-privacy laws. On Wednesday, the Attorney General’s Office send a letter to Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi demanding that Uber take immediate action to notify all affected consumers, protect those consumers’ personal information, and prevent any future breaches.  Read more...

AG Hawley Statement on Court Granting Motion to Dismiss Backpage Lawsuit


Jefferson City, Mo. (November 29, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today praised the Federal District Court decision to grant the State’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Backpage.com. Backpage sought to block an investigation by the Missouri Attorney General into whether the company has ties to human trafficking. Read more...

AG Hawley Expands Services Provided by Anti-Trafficking Task Force


Jefferson City, Mo. (November 30, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his statewide Human Trafficking Task Force will offer assistance to nonprofits struggling to find funding for their anti-trafficking efforts. Just this month, it was reported that a southeast Missouri group halted its important work due to a lack of funding. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Public Corruption Guilty Plea of Former Cass County Auditor


Jefferson City, Mo. (December 1, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that a Cass County judge accepted the guilty plea of defendant Ronald Johnson, 49, of Raymore, MO to the offense of Official Misconduct. Between 2011 and 2014, while acting as the elected Auditor of Cass County, the defendant claimed reimbursement for expenses not due and appropriated cellular devices paid for by the county for personal use. Read more...

AG Hawley Leads States Urging Support for National Concealed-Carry Legislation


Jefferson City, Mo. (December 1, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley led 23 other states in urging Congress to enact national concealed-carry reciprocity legislation. In a letter to Congress, the attorneys general ask representatives to support the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (S. 446) and the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R. 38). Read more...

AG Hawley Renews Fight to End California’s Restrictive Farming Regulations


Jefferson City, Mo. (December 4, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced his office will renew its efforts in the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge California’s attempt to impose agricultural regulations on the state of Missouri. Missouri is challenging a California law requiring Missouri egg producers to comply with California’s farming regulations in order to sell eggs in California. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Results of Independent Investigation into Allegations of Wrongdoing by Koster Administration


Jefferson City, Mo. (December 5, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced the results of the investigation into alleged wrongdoing by the Koster Administration in connection with the 2012 civil lawsuit over the death of Anthony Lamar Smith. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Advisory Board for New Military Assistance Initiative


Jefferson City, Mo. (December 11, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced the formation of an advisory board to develop the first statewide program in Missouri providing pro bono legal services to current military service members. Once launched, the Military Legal Assistance Team will be Missouri's first attorney general-led program offering our military communities access to pro bono civil legal services. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Former Nursing Home Employee Sentenced to 17 Years for Financial Abuse of Medicaid Recipient and Receiving Stolen Property


Jefferson City, Mo. (December 12, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that Kirsti Metcalf, 41, of Carthage, Missouri, has been sentenced to 10 years for receiving stolen property and seven years for financial abuse of a Medicaid patient, to be served concurrently for ten years. She must also pay $44, 561 in restitution to her victims and $15,370.63 for the State’s prosecution costs. In October, Metcalf pled guilty to the class B felony of receiving stolen property and the class C felony of abuse of a health care recipient in the Circuit Court of Jasper County.   Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Crawford County Sex Crimes Guilty Verdict


Jefferson City, Mo. (December 13, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that a Dent County jury found Nathan Hilliard, 27, guilty of statutory rape in the first degree and statutory sodomy in the first degree following a two-day trial. Between June 1, 2007 and June 14, 2007, the defendant had sexual intercourse and forced his 10-year-old cousin to perform oral sex on him while staying with the victim’s family as a guest.   Read more...