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  • Missouri Attorney General Announces Opioid Settlement with Endo International

    Aug 17, 2022, 16:38 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that his office and a coalition of attorneys general have reached an agreement in principle with opioid maker, Endo International plc. (Endo), and its lenders that would provide up to $450 million nationwide to participating states and local governments, ban promotion of Endo’s opioids, and require Endo to turn over millions of documents related to its role in the opioid crisis for publication in a public online archive. Exact dollar amount distribution to states is still being worked out, but this settlement, like previous settlements, will bring millions of dollars to Missouri for opioid abatement, treatment, and education.
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  • 18 State AGs Join Missouri’s Investigation into ESG Ratings Company Morningstar and its Subsidiary Sustainalytics

    Aug 17, 2022, 14:03 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that 18 other state attorneys general have joined Missouri’s investigation into ESG (environmental, social, governance) investing ratings company Morningstar Inc. and its subsidiary Sustainalytics for alleged consumer fraud or unfair trade practices, the first investigation of its kind.
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  • Attorney General Announces Divestiture of Grain Elevators, Benefitting Missouri Farmers

    Aug 16, 2022, 15:21 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that on August 11, 2022, a federal court entered a final judgment requiring the divestiture of certain grain elevators along the Mississippi River before a large asset acquisition could occur between two major agriculture corporations. The Missouri Attorney General’s Office submitted a comment letter supporting the divestiture on behalf of Missouri farmers.
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  • Missouri Attorney General’s Office Releases Second SAFE Kit Inventory Report, Ships 300 Untested Kits from Kansas City

    Aug 15, 2022, 15:39 PM by AG Schmitt
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Today, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office released the report for the second inventory of kits across the state undertaken as part of the SAFE Kit Initiative. The inventory, as required by the second Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) grant, indexed untested kits collected between April 30, 2018 to April 16, 2020, as well as previously tested or partially tested kits collected from January 1, 1998 to the present. The Office also this morning helped ship 300 untested sexual assault kits from the Kansas City Police Department to the lab to be tested.
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  • Missouri Attorney General’s Office Secures 125 Convictions Across Missouri Since 2019

    Aug 9, 2022, 15:02 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that his team of special prosecutors within the Public Safety division of his office that aid local prosecutors across the state has secured 125 criminal convictions since January 3, 2019, when he was sworn in as Attorney General. These cases reflect pleas, jury verdicts, and bench verdicts.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Files Amicus Brief in Support of Ending Unlawful CDC Mask Mandate

    Aug 9, 2022, 11:59 AM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that his office joined 22 other states in filing an amicus brief in Health Freedom Defense Fund Inc. vs. Joseph R. Biden, opposing President Biden and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) interstate travel mask mandate. The attorneys general argue that the district court correctly vacated the federal mask mandate, which exceeds the CDC’s authority and infringes on each state’s ability to enact its own public health rules.
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  • $25 Million Returned to Consumers Defrauded by Next-Gen Sweepstakes Scheme

    Jul 29, 2022, 14:33 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is sending payments to 244,745 consumers in the U.S. and abroad who were defrauded by the Next-Gen sweepstakes scheme that affected consumers in dozens of countries, including the United States and Canada. This victory comes after Missouri and the FTC’s 2018 complaint against the Next Gen defendants charged Kevin Brandes, William Graham, C. Floyd Anderson, and corporations under their control with sending tens of millions of deceptive personalized mailers to consumers around the world since 2013.
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  • Attorney General Schmitt Releases Statement on Potential $6.6 Billion Nationwide Settlement with Opioid Manufacturers Allergan and Teva

    Jul 29, 2022, 13:02 PM by AG Schmitt
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt released the following statement regarding multi-state negotiations and proposed nationwide settlements with opioid manufacturers Allergan and Teva:
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  • Missouri Attorney General Schmitt Sues Biden Administration Over Unconstitutional Attempt to Regulate Firearm Parts

    Jul 27, 2022, 16:44 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt today joined a 17-state coalition, submitting a complaint against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Acting Director of ATF. The coalition joined Morehouse Enterprises, Gun Owners of America, and Gun Owners Foundation in suing over the ATF’s unconstitutional rulemaking that would regulate firearm parts manufacturers.
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  • Missouri AG Sues Biden Admin. over Threats to Withhold Nutrition Assistance for Schools that Don’t Adhere to ‘Gender Identity’, ‘Sexual Orientation’ Policy

    Jul 26, 2022, 16:08 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that his office joined 21 other attorneys general in filing a lawsuit today against the Biden Administration’s new guidance on sex discrimination for schools and programs that receive federal nutritional assistance. The lawsuit names the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and was filed in the Eastern District of Tennessee. A preliminary injunction was also filed to halt the unlawful guidance.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Serves Panorama Education with Civil Investigative Demand

    Jul 25, 2022, 14:35 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Last week, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt served Panorama Education, Inc. with a civil investigative demand, which acts as a subpoena, asking for documents related to surveys the company has created and distributed to client schools in Missouri. The Missouri Attorney General’s Office previously subpoenaed seven schools across Missouri related to these school surveys.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Joins Letter Calling on Google Not to Censor Search Results for Crisis Pregnancy Centers

    Jul 22, 2022, 12:56 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that his office joined a coalition of seventeen state attorneys general in calling on Sundar Pichai, Chief Executive Officer of Google, to not comply with Democratic lawmakers’ demands to skew Google search results to bury information on crisis pregnancy centers. Democratic politicians urged Pichai, according to the letter, to “take action to prevent anti-abortion fake clinics from appearing in search results.” Censorship of search results could potentially deprive women of free, helpful resources and raises grave First Amendment concerns.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt Files Suit Against the City of St. Louis to Halt Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

    Jul 21, 2022, 15:05 PM by AG Schmitt
    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit and a motion for preliminary injunction against the City of St. Louis after the signing of Board Bill 61, which authorizes federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to provide “logistical support” for abortion, including travel expenses and other costs of obtaining out-of-state abortions. The lawsuit argues that the City’s “Reproductive Equity Fund” plainly violates § 188.205, RSMo, which reads, “It shall be unlawful for any public funds to be expended for the purpose of performing or assisting an abortion, not necessary to save the life of the mother, or for the purpose of encouraging or counseling a woman to have an abortion not necessary to save her life.”
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  • Missouri, Louisiana Serve Discovery Requests, Subpoenas on Top Biden Administration Officials and Social Media Giants

    Jul 19, 2022, 15:54 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Yesterday, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry served discovery requests on top Biden Administration Officials and today served third-party subpoenas on social media giants Twitter, Meta, Youtube, Instagram, and LinkedIn. The discovery requests and subpoenas come as part of Missouri’s and Louisiana’s lawsuit against the Biden Administration for allegedly colluding with social media giants to censor and suppress freedom of speech. Earlier this month, a federal court granted Missouri’s and Louisiana’s request for expedited discovery and documents, and yesterday Missouri and Louisiana served those discovery requests.
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  • Missouri, Coalition of Attorneys General Obtain Injunction Halting Biden Administration Guidance on Bathrooms, Sports in Schools and Workplaces

    Jul 18, 2022, 16:04 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – On Friday, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, along with a coalition of twenty attorneys general led by Tennessee, obtained a preliminary injunction halting the Biden Administration’s guidance that would change Title VII and Title IX’s definition of “sex” to include “gender identity” relating to separation of bathrooms and sports in schools, and pronouns in the workplace.
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  • Conviction Secured in Shooting of Carter County Deputy, Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper

    Jul 15, 2022, 14:36 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office announced that the Carter County Prosecuting Attorney and the Attorney General’s Office obtained a conviction in the 2019 shooting of Carter County Deputy Brigg Pierson and Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Caleb McCoy.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Condemns FBI’s Illegal Attempts to Harvest Concealed Carry Permit Information from Missouri Sheriffs

    Jul 13, 2022, 14:24 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray demanding that they cease their attempts to illegally obtain information from local sheriffs on Missourians who have concealed carry permits. Missouri law specifically prohibits the sharing of information on concealed carry permit holders to any entity – local, state, federal, or otherwise.
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  • Federal Court Grants Missouri Attorney General’s Motion to Collect Discovery from Government Officials, Social Media Companies in Free Speech Lawsuit

    Jul 12, 2022, 17:05 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, the United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana granted Missouri and Louisiana’s motion for discovery in their lawsuit against top-ranking Biden Administration officials for allegedly colluding to suppress freedom of speech, paving the way for the attorneys general to collect discovery and documents from both top-ranking Biden Administration officials as well as social media giants like Twitter, Meta, and others. The lawsuit was filed on May 5.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Prevails on Appeal in Reinstating Down Syndrome Abortion Ban

    Jul 11, 2022, 12:34 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – On Friday evening, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued a judgment, vacating and remanding two separate district court rulings that enjoined HB126’s ban on abortions based solely on a pre-natal Down syndrome diagnosis, and based on certain gestational age restrictions. The Missouri Attorney General’s Office argued the case in front of the en banc Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in September of 2021, and has now prevailed. Missouri’s ban on abortions based solely on a pre-natal Down syndrome diagnosis is now allowed to take effect.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Joins Suit Against DOE Over Repeal of Household Efficiency Standards

    Jul 8, 2022, 12:35 PM by AG Schmitt
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that his office and eleven other states have filed the opening brief in their lawsuit against the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and its Secretary, Jennifer Granholm, for repealing the “Performance Rules” that set successful options for energy and water efficiency standards for dishwashers and laundry machines.
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