NEWS

  • Untested Sexual Assault Kits Shipped from Grandview, Lee's Summit Police Departments

    Apr 30, 2020, 14:35 PM by AG Schmitt
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that 100 untested sexual assault kits were shipped from Grandview Police Department and Lee's Summit Police Department. 50 kits were shipped from both police departments respectively, and measures were taken at both events to protect participants in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic.
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  • Untested Sexual Assault Kits Shipped from Camden County Sheriff's Office

    Apr 22, 2020, 15:16 PM by AG Schmitt
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that the sixth batch of untested sexual assault kits identified in the SAFE Kit Initiative inventory were shipped off to the lab. Precautions were taken to ensure that the kits could be safely dropped off while maintaining social distancing requirements.
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  • Missouri Attorney General Schmitt Files Lawsuit Against Chinese Government

    Apr 21, 2020, 11:21 AM by AG Schmitt
    In a historical move, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit today against the Chinese government, Chinese Communist Party, and other Chinese officials and institutions, alleging that their actions to suppress information, arrest whistleblowers, and deny the contagious nature of the 2019 novel Coronavirus led to loss of life and severe economic consequences in Missouri.
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  • CONSUMER ALERT: Medicaid Fraud and COVID-19

    Apr 17, 2020, 10:06 AM by AG Schmitt
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is asking Medicaid recipients to be suspicious of unexpected callers or visitors who offer COVID-19 assessments, tests, or supplies.
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  • AG Schmitt Sends Cease and Desist Letter to Branson-Area Business for Inflated Mask Prices

    Apr 15, 2020, 14:35 PM by AG Schmitt
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt today sent a cease and desist letter to a Branson-area business, Tuning Element, for allegedly inflating the prices on KN95 masks.
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  • Attorney General's Office Prevails in “Offsets” Suit Appeal

    Apr 14, 2020, 15:45 PM by AG Schmitt
    The Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District today affirmed the trial court’s judgment granting a permanent injunction in the suit filed by the Missouri Attorney General's Office against “The Offsets” in 2018, stopping them from operating the location until safety concerns are addressed.
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  • SAFE Kits Testing Continues Through Coronavirus

    Apr 10, 2020, 14:25 PM by AG Schmitt
    The gathering and testing of untested sexual assault kits through the Missouri Attorney General's SAFE Kits Initiative is continuing despite COVID-19 challenges.
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  • AG Schmitt Sends Cease & Desist Letters to Three St. Louis-Area Businesses Selling Masks at Inflated Prices

    Apr 8, 2020, 13:32 PM by AG Schmitt
    Missouri Attorney General Eric served three St. Louis-area businesses with Cease and Desist Letters after receiving complaints that these businesses were selling face masks at inflated prices. The Attorney General’s Office investigation revealed that the prices charged by the businesses for N95 masks and “Medical Isolation Masks” were substantially higher than what the masks generally sell for in the marketplace and what the masks sold for pre-pandemic.
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  • Attorney General Schmitt and the Missouri Hospital Association Urge Missourians Not to Hoard Medical Supplies

    Apr 2, 2020, 15:19 PM by AG Schmitt
    As we move forward in the COVID-19 crisis and supplies are stretched to meet expanding needs, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Missouri Hospital Association President and CEO Herb Kuhn are urging Missourians not to hoard medical supplies.
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  • CONSUMER ALERT: Watch for Potential CARES Act Payments Scams

    Apr 2, 2020, 10:54 AM by AG Schmitt
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is warning Missourians of potential scams that could target possible payments from the federal government to some Missourians as part of the recently passed CARES Act. While the money has not yet been disbursed to those who are eligible and won’t be for several weeks, federal agencies and the Missouri Attorney General's Office are monitoring potential scams that may try to take advantage of those payments.
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  • CONSUMER ALERT: Watch Your Children’s Online Activity At Home

    Apr 1, 2020, 10:47 AM by AG Schmitt
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is issuing a consumer alert and a public service announcement for parents to be watchful of their children’s online activity during quarantine or stay at home orders, as traffickers or other bad actors may use that increased online presence as a way to contact, groom, or otherwise exploit children.
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  • Attorney General Schmitt, Governor Parson, Lt. Governor Kehoe Warn of Scams, Price Gouging

    Mar 31, 2020, 12:33 PM by AG Schmitt
    Attorney General Schmitt, Governor Parson, and Lieutenant Governor Kehoe are warning Missourians of potential COVID-19 related scams and price gouging across the state. All three offices have been monitoring these scams and will be sharing information to ensure that Missouri consumers are protected.
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  • AG Schmitt Issues Civil Investigative Demands to Eight Third-Party Amazon Sellers

    Mar 30, 2020, 11:34 AM by AG Schmitt
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued eight civil investigative demands to third-party Amazon sellers as part of the Attorney General’s Office’s collaborative efforts with Amazon to combat price gouging. The civil investigative demand, which operates as a subpoena, requires the third-party sellers to provide information about their pricing and sales of face masks, respirators, and hand sanitizer.
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  • Attorney General Schmitt Offers Message of Support for Those Fighting Coronavirus

    Mar 27, 2020, 16:03 PM by AG Schmitt
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is offering a message of support to those who are on the frontlines of fighting the coronavirus in Missouri and across the country. Attorney General Schmitt recorded a video and sent a letter to a number of different associations offering support and praise for the work that they’re doing to help fight the coronavirus.
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  • Attorney General Schmitt Asks Licensing Boards and Commissions to Reconsider Regulations in Midst of Coronavirus

    Mar 26, 2020, 15:22 PM by AG Schmitt
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt today announced a statewide initiative evaluating the burden of Missouri state regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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  • Attorney General Schmitt and Grocers Association Work Together to Combat Price Gouging

    Mar 26, 2020, 08:56 AM by AG Schmitt
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and the Missouri Grocers Association are working together to combat price gouging across the state. In a letter sent to the Missouri Grocers Association, Attorney General Schmitt lauded the work done by grocery stores and their employees in this time of uncertainty and opened the line of communications to hear what stores are seeing relating to price gouging.
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  • AG Schmitt Issues Cease and Desist Letter to Springfield-Area Man Selling Face Masks

    Mar 25, 2020, 13:19 PM by AG Schmitt
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued a cease and desist letter to a Springfield area man who was confirmed, after investigation, to be selling N95 masks at inflated prices in the Springfield area. Attorney General Schmitt’s office opened an investigation in response to a report of possible price gouging by a report from TV station KOLR 10. According to the report, the man claimed to initially be charging $12.50 per mask, but had then lowered his price considerably.
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  • CONSUMER ALERT: Facebook and Attorney General Schmitt Work Together to Combat Price Gouging in Missouri

    Mar 24, 2020, 16:00 PM by AG Schmitt
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is warning today of scams and price gouging on Facebook’s third party sales platform Facebook Marketplace. In light of Facebook’s recent ban on the sale of masks, hand sanitizer and other items, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office has opened the lines of communication with Facebook and will collaborate with the platform to share information and consumer complaints. Despite this, consumers should still be wary of those seeking to profit off of a public health crisis on Facebook Marketplace.
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  • AG Schmitt Debuts Specific Form to Report Price Gouging in Missouri

    Mar 23, 2020, 11:47 AM by AG Schmitt
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is making it easier to report COVID-19 price gouging with a new form on his website. The form, which can be found at https://ago.mo.gov/civil-division/consumer/price-gouging, allows Missouri consumers to answer price gouging-specific questions, streamlines the form process, and makes it easier for the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Team to track these specific consumer complaints. There’s also a banner on the ago.mo.gov homepage that redirects consumers to that form.
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  • AG Schmitt and Amazon Announce Partnership to Monitor and Combat Coronavirus Price Gouging

    Mar 20, 2020, 09:27 AM by AG Schmitt
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Amazon are announcing a partnership aimed at monitoring and combating price gouging related to COVID-19. The Attorney General’s Office and representatives from Amazon will communicate regularly about consumer complaints and potential price gouging by third-party sellers on Amazon’s marketplace. Amazon will also provide market analysis and other aid to help identify individuals who are using the Amazon marketplace in Missouri to spike prices on COVID-19-related items.
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