NEWS ARCHIVES

  • Attorney General Schmitt Announces Top 10 Consumer Complaints for 2021

    Mar 10, 2022, 11:40 AM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Missouri Attorney General’s Office received 126,100 total consumer complaints in 2021, submitted in writing or via phone call. The Consumer Complaint Unit received 86,856 complaints and inquiries and the No-Call Unit received 39,244 complaints.
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  • Maries County Contractor Charged with Consumer Fraud

    Mar 9, 2022, 15:01 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that Rodney G. Durbin, who owned and operated “Honey Do’s Handy Service,” from Belle, Missouri, has been charged with consumer fraud and, on account of those charges, arrested. Durbin faces nine counts in Maries County for defrauding consumers and financially exploiting elderly Missourians.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Charges Laclede County Car Salesman with Consumer Fraud

    Mar 9, 2022, 10:03 AM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that his office has charged Marcus James Hill of Lebanon, Missouri, with thirteen violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act in relating to his two car dealerships, Variety Auto Sales and Hilltop Auto Sales. Charged in Laclede County, Hill faces thirteen felony counts of deceptive business practices.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against St. Louis Irrigation Company

    Mar 8, 2022, 11:40 AM by AG Schmitt
    Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that his Office filed a civil action against James Chazen and Rainworks Irrigation Co., of St. Louis and St. Francois counties, for unlawful business practices. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants took advance payments between 2017 and 2020 from at least seventeen Missouri residents for irrigation system maintenance services that the defendants never provided.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Phelps County Pool Company for Consumer Protection Violations

    Mar 7, 2022, 16:08 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that his Office filed a civil action against Zechariah Hockersmith, Richard Hockersmith, and ProCare Pools, LLC, out of Rolla, Missouri, for unlawful business practices. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants took advance payments between 2018 and 2019 from at least four Missouri residents for pool installation and maintenance services that the defendants never provided.
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  • Attorney General Eric Schmitt Joins Multistate Lawsuit Challenging Biden’s Concealment of Records Involving Federal Intimidation Tactics Against Parents

    Mar 4, 2022, 08:31 AM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt joined a coalition of 14 states in filing a lawsuit to force the Biden Administration to turn over records related to the crafting and decisions behind the administration’s memo that designated concerned parents who show up at school board meetings as “domestic terrorists.”
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  • Missouri Attorney General Urges Supreme Court to Protect Coach’s Right to Pray

    Mar 3, 2022, 14:48 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt today joined a coalition of 27 states filing an amicus brief in Kennedy v. Bremerton, supporting a Washington state football coach’s right to engage in his private exercise of religion by praying after football games. Coach Joseph Kennedy was suspended by Bremerton School District after praying while in view of his students. The school district claimed that Kennedy violated a direct order when he “engaged in demonstrative religious activity readily observable to students and the attending public.”
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  • Missouri Attorney General Statement on CDC Director Visit to Washington University

    Mar 3, 2022, 09:18 AM by AG Schmitt
    Following Centers for Disease Control Director Rochelle Walensky’s visit to Washington University this morning, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt released the following statement:
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  • Attorney General Schmitt Joins Nationwide Investigation into TikTok

    Mar 2, 2022, 14:40 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt joined a nationwide investigation into TikTok for providing and promoting its social media platform to children and young adults while use is associated with physical and mental health harms. Attorneys General nationwide are examining whether the company violated state consumer protection laws that put the public at risk.
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  • Attorney General Eric Schmitt Joins Coalition of AGs in Alerting Consumers Impacted by the 2021 T-Mobile Data Breach

    Mar 2, 2022, 11:29 AM by AG Schmitt
    Attorney General Eric Schmitt urges all Missouri residents who believe they were impacted by the data breach announced by T-Mobile in August 2021 to take proactive steps to protect their information from identity theft.
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  • Attorney General Schmitt Joins 25-State Coalition in Opposition to Biden Rule Change that Prohibits Natural Gas Transportation by Rail

    Mar 1, 2022, 11:45 AM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, along with a coalition of 25 states, voiced his opposition to President Biden’s proposed rule to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) that would prohibit liquefied natural gas (LNG) from being transported by rail car in the United States. In a comment letter sent yesterday, the attorneys general argue that this Biden proposal will have devastating effects on the economy, American energy, and national security.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Joins Texas Challenge to EPA’s Regulations on Passenger Car and Light Truck Emissions

    Feb 28, 2022, 12:30 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, along with Texas and 12 other state attorneys general, filed suit against the Biden Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their proposed regulatory rule that seeks to increase the stringency of greenhouse gas emissions for light trucks and vehicles, which could impose immense negative economic impacts on individual states.
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  • Missouri Attorney General, Coalition of State Attorneys General Call for DHS Sec. Mayorkas’ Resignation

    Feb 22, 2022, 10:35 AM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, along with 13 other attorneys general are calling for U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ resignation. In a letter, citing the continued failure to enforce federal law and secure the southwest border, the coalition of 14 state attorneys general is demanding that Secretary Mayorkas leave office as his failed leadership has resulted in a disaster at the southwest border and led the nation to the verge of a national security crisis.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Announces Finalization of Opioid Settlement

    Feb 18, 2022, 12:12 PM by AG Schmitt
    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – In a press conference earlier today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his Office has finalized historic opioid settlements with Johnson & Johnson and major opioid distributors (McKesson, Cardinal Health, and AmerisourceBergen). The Attorney General was joined by families of victims of opioid overdose and representatives from treatment centers and nonprofits across the state. Combined, these settlements bring a total of roughly $458 million to the State of Missouri and political subdivisions for opioid treatment and abatement, one of the largest victim-centric settlements in the history of the State of Missouri. Further, there is a potential for approximately hundreds of millions in additional settlement money from litigation with Mallinckrodt and Purdue Pharma – more will be known about exact amounts as these cases continue forward.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Statement on Department of Justice Lawsuit

    Feb 16, 2022, 17:05 PM by AG Schmitt
    Following a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice over Missouri’s Second Amendment Preservation Act, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt released the following statement:
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  • Missouri Attorney General Opposes New Waters of the U.S. Rule

    Feb 8, 2022, 09:15 AM by AG Schmitt
    Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, along with 23 other states, submitted a comment to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan and the Army Corps of Engineers opposing the Biden Administration’s proposed rule that would revise the Waters of the United States rule and subject Missouri’s farmers and ranchers to strict government regulation.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Obtains $500,000 Settlement in Medicaid Fraud Case

    Feb 2, 2022, 11:56 AM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that on December 21, 2021, Piney Ridge Center, a residential treatment facility for children suffering from sexual behavior disorders and mental health illnesses, entered into a civil settlement agreement with his office for billing MO HealthNet, the Missouri Medicaid program, for therapy services that it did not provide to children and adolescents. The agreement resulted in a $504,250.46 settlement.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt Begins Filing Motions for Temporary Restraining Orders in School Mask Mandate Lawsuits

    Jan 31, 2022, 15:50 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced his Office has begun filing motions for temporary restraining orders in his lawsuits against school districts illegally enforcing mask mandates. The Missouri Attorney General’s Office filed suit against 45 school districts for continuing to enforce mask mandates. The Office filed motions for temporary restraining orders in the lawsuits against Columbia Public Schools, St. Charles R-VI, and Ferguson-Florissant, with more on the way.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Files Suit Against Biden Administration for Unlawful Reinstatement of Ineffective Central American Minors Refugee and Parole Program

    Jan 28, 2022, 16:04 PM by AG Schmitt
    Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, along with seven other attorneys general, filed suit against the Biden Administration for their unlawful reinstatement of the ineffective Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee and Parole Program. The lawsuit alleges that illegal aliens with pending asylum claims can petition the government through the CAM Program to allow their minor children and relatives into the United States, despite no legal or statutory authority to do so.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt Sues Nine Additional Schools to Halt Mask Mandate Policies

    Jan 24, 2022, 15:39 PM by AG Schmitt
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt today filed suit against nine more school districts to halt their illegal mask mandate policies. Districts that were sued include: Bayless, Jennings, Lexington, Kirkwood, Ritenour, Hancock Place, Special School District of St. Louis, Meramec Valley, and University City.
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