NEWS ARCHIVES

  • 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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  • Missouri Attorney General Statement on Proposed Municipal Efforts to Fund Abortion

    Jul 1, 2022, 09:56 AM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt released the following statement on efforts to authorize taxpayer dollars to fund travel to other states to obtain abortions:
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  • Former Hickory County Dog Breeder Found in Contempt of Court

    Jun 28, 2022, 17:06 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that Laurie Lund, a formerly licensed dog breeder in Hickory County, was once again held in contempt of court for her unlawful acts and violations of previous court orders. Following a two-day hearing, on June 22, 2022, the Court agreed with the Attorney General’s Office and again found Ms. Lund in contempt. The Court ordered the immediate seizure of all dogs from Ms. Lund’s property, authorized the Department of Agriculture to inspect her premises without notice up to six times annually even though she is no longer licensed, and ordered her to pay another fine.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt Becomes First to Issue Opinion Following SCOTUS Opinion in Dobbs, Effectively Ending Abortion in Missouri

    Jun 24, 2022, 09:22 AM by AG Schmitt
    Following the Supreme Court of the United States’ ruling in Dobbs that overturns Roe v. Wade, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt today issued an opinion to the Missouri Revisor of Statutes that “triggers” parts of Missouri’s House Bill 126, effectively ending abortion in the State of Missouri. Missouri is the first state in the country to do so.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Scores Landmark Win for Second Amendment Rights with SCOTUS Ruling in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen

    Jun 23, 2022, 09:45 AM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt scored a major win for Second Amendment rights across the country with the United States Supreme Court ruling in New York State Rifle and Pistol Club v. Bruen. In a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court declare New York’s subjective-issue, or “may issue,” firearm license regime unconstitutional and reversed the Second Circuit’s decision. Missouri and Arizona led the way in filing an amicus brief in the case in 2021.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Joins Amicus Brief Urging SCOTUS to Overturn Ruling Upholding California’s Prop. 12

    Jun 21, 2022, 15:44 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt joined an amicus brief in National Pork Producers Council v. Karen Ross, urging the United States Supreme Court to overturn the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding California’s Proposition 12. California’s Proposition 12 requires states to comply with California regulations on the confinement of breeding pigs, egg-laying hens, and veal calves in order to sell those products in California.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Grants Over 650 Community Partnership Awards for Help with SAFE Kit Initiative

    Jun 20, 2022, 17:30 PM by AG Schmitt
    Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office has awarded over 650 Missouri entities (law enforcement and hospitals) a Community Partnership Award for their vital assistance in completing the Phase II inventory of sexual assault kits within the SAFE Kit Initiative. The awards were mailed last week.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Secures Settlement with Mallinckrodt over Underpayment of Medicaid Drug Rebates

    Jun 17, 2022, 13:24 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri Attorney General Schmitt announced today that Missouri has joined with 49 other states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the federal government to settle allegations of fraud against Mallinckrodt ARD, LLC (formerly known as Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc.), a U.S. subsidiary of the Irish pharmaceutical company Mallinckrodt plc (collectively Mallinckrodt), which sells and markets pharmaceutical products throughout the nation. Mallinckrodt’s U.S. headquarters is in Bedminster, New Jersey. The total value of the settlement is $233,707,865.18, plus interest, to be paid over a period of seven years. Of this amount, Missouri’s total Medicaid recovery will be $4,101,750.73, with $2,613,164.02 of that going to the federal government and $1,488,586.71 going directly to Missouri. The Missouri Medicaid program is funded by Missouri and federal funds. When Medicaid funds are recovered they are distributed appropriately to the funding entities.
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  • Missouri AG Opposes USDA’s Guidance Restricting Federal Funding

    Jun 16, 2022, 13:53 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that his office joined states in opposing the USDA Nutrition Services Civil Rights Division’s guidance proposing regulations on state agencies’ federal financial assistance on the basis of gender and sexual orientation discrimination.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Joins Letter Opposing SEC’s New Proposed Rule Regarding Climate Related Disclosures

    Jun 15, 2022, 16:36 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that his office joined a coalition of 24 states opposing The Security and Exchange Commission’s Proposed Rule requiring publicly-traded companies to disclose climate related risks of their businesses to investors. Businesses would be required to calculate and disclose emissions levels for their entire supply chains, potentially imposing significant costs on those businesses with very little benefit.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Files Motion for Preliminary Injunction in Lawsuit Challenging Social-Media Censorship

    Jun 14, 2022, 15:20 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry filed a motion for preliminary injunction in their lawsuit against President Biden and other top-ranking government officials for allegedly colluding with social media giants such as Meta, Twitter, and YouTube to censor and suppress free speech.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Subpoenas Seven School Districts Over Student Surveys, Launches Transparency Portal

    Jun 8, 2022, 12:04 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt subpoenaed seven school districts (Mehlville School District, Webster Groves School District, Jefferson City School District, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Park Hill School District, Springfield School District, and Neosho School District) demanding information on the school districts decision to employ student surveys, potentially without parental consent, including some that asked students about their parents’ political beliefs and parents’ income levels and included racially-biased questions, among other things. The Attorney General’s Office also launched a transparency portal that indexes Sunshine Law requests sent to school districts on behalf of parents, which can be found here: https://ago.mo.gov/other-resources/students-first-initiative/transparency-portal
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  • Missouri Attorney General Joins Letter Opposing Burdensome Review of Nationwide Environmental Permit

    Jun 2, 2022, 11:39 AM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt joined a coalition of 21 states opposing the Army Corps of Engineer’s proposed review of Nationwide Permit 12 (“NWP 12”), a permit that serves critical energy and infrastructure needs within states by allowing entities to perform time-sensitive activities on infrastructure projects, such as construction and maintenance of projects, without project-specific approval.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt Releases Annual Vehicle Stops Report

    May 27, 2022, 14:00 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt released the annual vehicle stops report, which aggregates and contextualizes vehicle stops made by police officers in departments across the state of Missouri in 2021. The Missouri Attorney General's Office is statutorily required to produce a report on the state's vehicle stops annually in compliance with SB 1053, enacted in 2000.
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  • Attorney General Schmitt Files Suit Against Boone County Fencing Contractor for Violations of Missouri Consumer Protection Laws

    May 25, 2022, 15:26 PM by AG Schmitt
    Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his Office filed a civil action against Joseph Murray, doing business as “Affordable Fence,” for unlawful business practices.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Statement on Obtaining Preliminary Injunction in Title 42 Case

    May 20, 2022, 16:52 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – This afternoon, the United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana granted Missouri and 23 other states’ request for preliminary injunction in their lawsuit against the Biden Administration over their planned cancellation of Title 42. Because of this preliminary injunction, Title 42 will remain in place. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt released the following statement:
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  • Missouri Attorney General Files Suit Against Six School Districts for Reimposing Mask Mandates on Schoolchildren

    May 19, 2022, 16:35 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed lawsuits against six school districts (Special School District of St. Louis, Maplewood Richmond Heights, Clayton, Ladue, Webster Groves, and Mehlville) for reimposing their mask mandates on school-age children. The lawsuits argue that the school districts, through arbitrarily set “triggers,” reimplemented their mask mandates. The Missouri Attorney General’s Office previously sued a number of school districts across the state for imposing mask mandates, all of whom have dropped those mandates. Now, as schools are reimplementing forced masking, the Attorney General’s Office is again taking legal action to empower parents and protect Missouri’s children.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Biden Administration for Reinstating California-Specific Exemption in Clean Air Act

    May 13, 2022, 12:41 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that his office joined a lawsuit challenging the Biden Administration’s decision to allow California to set burdensome and oppressive emissions standards in the manufacturing of motor vehicles as an exemption under the Clean Air Act.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Files Civil Rights Lawsuit Against HHS Secretary Becerra

    May 6, 2022, 14:54 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that his Office joined a coalition of 8 states in filing a civil rights lawsuit against Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-Lasure, opposing a new rule that allows higher compensation for doctors who enact an “anti-racism” plan. Two private doctors are also plaintiffs in the suit.
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