2018 NEWS ARCHIVES 

AG Hawley Partners with Operation Donate with Honor


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 19, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that he has partnered with the Federal Trade Commission and all state attorneys general in Operation Donate with Honor. Operation Donate with Honor is raising awareness about fraudulent charities. The program will educate donors about how to identify scams and encourage donors to continue giving to legitimate charities that dedicate themselves to helping our veterans and military service members. Read more...

AG Hawley Files Public Corruption Charges Against Former Greenville City Clerk


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 19, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Joshua Hawley announced that his office has filed felony criminal charges in Wayne County against former Greenville City Clerk Pamela S. Birmingham. The complaint alleges that Birmingham misappropriated over $150,000 in currency over the course of her employment as City Clerk and forged an entry in the city’s check disbursement log.   Read more...

AG Hawley Files Motion Seeking Criminal Sanctions Against Backpage.com


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 16, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his office has filed a motion for criminal sanctions against Backpage.com related to false statements the company made in court. Backpage’s recent guilty pleas include admissions that directly contradict statements Backpage made in court proceedings with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Office Will Not Retry Brad Jennings


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 12, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his office will not pursue a retrial against Brad Jennings in the 2006 Christmas Day death of Lisa Jennings. In February, a judge vacated Jennings’ 2009 second-degree murder conviction when evidence was presented that a gunshot residue test had been conducted but the results were not turned over to prosecutors or defense attorneys. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Settlement Agreement Reached in Bridgeton Landfill Lawsuit


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 29, 2018)  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that after five years of litigation, a settlement has been reached between the State of Missouri and Bridgeton Landfill, LLC, Allied Services, LLC, and Republic Services, Inc.  In 2013, the State filed a lawsuit alleging violations of Missouri’s environmental regulations and asserting common-law claims related to a subsurface fire at the Bridgeton Landfill. The settlement imposes extensive maintenance, monitoring and mitigation requirements on Bridgeton; commits Bridgeton’s parent company, Republic, to guarantee and financially assure those activities; and provides restitution to the community affected by the landfill fire. Read more...

AG Hawley Statement Regarding Supreme Court Decision on Travel Ban


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 26, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today released the following statement regarding the United States Supreme Court decision upholding President Trump’s proclamation limiting entry into the United States for aliens from specified countries as well as limiting refugees: “I am pleased to see the Supreme Court uphold the President’s power to make national security decisions,” Hawley said. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces a $100 Million Multistate Settlement with Citibank for Manipulating Interest Rate Benchmarks


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 15, 2018) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced a $100 million multistate settlement with Citibank for fraudulent conduct involving U.S. Dollar (USD) LIBOR. This is a benchmark interest rate that affects financial instruments worth trillions of dollars and has a widespread impact on global markets and consumers. The investigation was conducted by a working group of 42 State Attorneys General offices. Read more...

AG Hawley Files Suit against Northside Regeneration, LLC owned by St. Louis Developer Paul McKee


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 13, 2018) – Attorney General Josh Hawley filed a lawsuit today against St. Louis Developer Paul McKee’s company – Northside Regeneration, LLC – in the Circuit Court of St. Louis City. The lawsuit alleges that Northside received tax credits in the amount of $4.5 million for redevelopment projects in North St. Louis, and kept these credits despite failing to complete the purchase of over $5.2 million worth of properties. Attorney General Hawley’s lawsuit brings three civil counts against the company, including tax credit fraud, breach of a tax credit application and unjust enrichment. Read more...

AG Hawley Files Sunshine Lawsuit Against City of Bel Ridge


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 12, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his office has filed a lawsuit in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County against the City of Bel Ridge alleging Sunshine Law violations. The lawsuit says the City of Bel Ridge repeatedly failed to provide the public with proper notice of closed meetings, repeatedly failed to document in its meeting minutes the specific statutory provision authorizing closed meeting sessions, and held closed meetings during which it discussed items that should have been open to the public. Read more...

AG Hawley Statement on Governor Parson’s Remarks to the General Assembly


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 11, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today issued the following statement following Governor Mike Parson’s address to the General Assembly: “Governor Parson did a great job tonight and he will be a great governor for Missouri,” Hawley said. “I welcome his leadership in Jefferson City and look forward to working with him for the betterment of Missouri.” Read more...

AG Hawley Releases 2017 Vehicle Stops Report


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 1, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today released the 2017 Vehicle Stops Report. “The Vehicle Stops Report reiterates Missourians’ commitment to the rule of law,” Hawley said. “The data contained in the Report allows a constructive conversation about the fair and impartial administration of justice. In the coming months, my Office will work with law enforcement and community groups to ensure that the regulations governing this data collection are clear and effective. We look forward to working with stakeholders throughout the state on this worthy endeavor.” Read more...

AG Hawley Statement on Governor Greitens’ Resignation


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 29, 2018)  – Missouri Attorney Josh Hawley today issued the following statement:  “Governor Greitens has done the right thing today,” Hawley said. “I wish incoming Governor Mike Parson well, and stand ready to assist him in his transition. This Office’s work for the people of Missouri goes forward. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces SVP Commitment


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 29, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that John R. Davidson, 46, formerly of Kansas City, has been committed as a sexually violent predator. Davidson has a twenty-year history of sexually abusing young children. In 1998, Davidson was arrested for committing a lewd act at a public pool while watching young girls swim. He later confessed to searching through dumpsters for soiled child diapers into which to commit a lewd act. Read more...

AG Hawley Releases Preliminary Results of Rape Kit Audit


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 24, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today released a preliminary report highlighting important results from the statewide rape kit audit conducted by his Office. The preliminary report indicates that there are at least 4,889 untested sexual assault kits currently in the possession of law enforcement agencies, crime labs, and healthcare providers in Missouri. Read more...

AG Hawley Encourages Attorneys to Support Missouri’s Military and Veterans


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 22, 2018)  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today reiterated his commitment to Missouri’s military servicemembers and veterans announcing that the Military Legal Assistance Team (MLAT) is now providing pro bono legal aid to those with qualifying legal needs. In December, AG Hawley announced the formation of an advisory board to develop Missouri’s first statewide attorney general-led program offering military communities access to pro bono civil legal services. Read more...

AG Hawley Leads Coalition in Support of Stiffer Penalties for Irresponsible Drug Manufacturers


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 21, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, along with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Washington Attorney General Robert Ferguson, led a bipartisan coalition of 39 state and territory attorneys general to call on congressional leaders to promptly pass measures to help hold opioid manufacturers accountable for their role in the opioid epidemic and stem the diversion of their drugs to the illicit market.   Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Sex Abuse Conviction


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 17, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that Johnny Hardwick, 44, of Fremont, MO, pled guilty to sexually abusing two family members over an extended period of time. Hardwick pled guilty to four counts of Statutory Sodomy in the First Degree, one count of Statutory Rape in the First Degree, one count of Attempted Statutory Rape in the First Degree, one count of Statutory Sodomy in the Second Degree, and Incest. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Monroe County Murder Sentencing


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 16, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that Calloway County Circuit Court Judge Jeff Harris has sentenced Jason Lee Lage, 36, to life in prison for the murder of 26-year old Zachary Dawson of Madison, MO. Lage was also sentenced to an additional 50 years for armed criminal action. In March, Lage was found guilty of second-degree murder and armed criminal action.   Read more...

AG Hawley Obtains Judgment Against Robert Dees for Defrauding Missouri Consumers


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 14, 2018)  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley obtained a $124,041.47 judgment on behalf of 19 consumers who were defrauded by Robert Dees and his companies Dees Management LLC and STL Move Properties LLC. Read more...

AG Hawley Files Amicus Brief in Support of Ending Burdensome Regulations on Farmers


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 14, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, joined by 14 other state attorneys general, filed an amicus brief supporting the repeal of the Obama Administration’s 2017 Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule. The brief argues that this Rule, adopted on the very last day of the Obama Administration, was both illegal and economically unjustifiable.  Read more...

AG Hawley Obtains Judgment Against Herbert Miller, Kathleen Miller, and Miller Family Funeral Home for Defrauding Missouri Consumers


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 10, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley obtained a $372,561.04 judgment on behalf of 54 Missouri consumers who were defrauded by Herbert Miller, Kathleen Miller, and Miller Family Funeral Home. Herbert and Kathleen Miller entered into contracts with consumers to provide pre-need funeral services and accepted upfront payments for those services. In 2016, the State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors suspended Herbert Miller’s license to act as a funeral director. Read more...

AG Hawley Wins Judgment Against Kasey Hudson for Defrauding Missouri Consumers


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 7, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley obtained a judgment against Chip Masters Construction owner Kasey Hudson of Hannibal, Missouri. Hudson was charged with three counts of violating the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act for defrauding nine Missouri consumers. He was ordered to pay $107,964 in restitution. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Cape Girardeau County Sexually Violent Predator Commitment


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 3, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that a Cape Girardeau County jury took 30 minutes to find Larry Eugene Windeknecht, 60, a sexually violent predator, on April 25. Windeknecht had a decades-long history of sexual assault in Cape Girardeau and St. Louis. Read more...

AG Hawley and 20-State Coalition File Injunction Against Obamacare


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 27, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, as part of a 20-state coalition, filed a motion seeking a preliminary injunction against the federal government’s Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Convictions as part of Sex Trafficking Investigation


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 26, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, along with Camden County Prosecutor Heather Miller, announced that Dustin R. Thomas, 23, of Osage Beach, has been sentenced to 14 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to three counts of second degree statutory rape, two counts of second degree statutory sodomy, and two counts of fourth degree child molestation. Thomas’ victims were both 15 years-old at the time of the offense. This conviction is part of a broader, ongoing investigation into sex trafficking in Missouri. Read more...

AG Hawley Statement on Help, Inc. Report


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 26, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today released the following statement regarding Auditor Galloway’s report investigating Help Inc.: “The Attorney General’s Public Corruption Team is actively investigating this matter. Civil servants who abuse their authority and fail to do what is in the best interest of Missouri citizens will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” Read more...

AG Hawley: Major Victory in Opioid Lawsuit, Will Move Forward


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 25, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley won a major court victory in the fight to hold opioid manufacturers responsible. The St. Louis Circuit Court today rejected the opioid manufacturers' attempts to halt the case and ordered the lawsuit to proceed. In June 2017, the Attorney General’s Office filed a lawsuit against three of the nation’s largest opioid manufacturers—Purdue Pharma, Endo Health, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals—contending that the companies fraudulently misrepresented the serious risks posed by the drugs they manufacture and sell.   Read more...

AG Hawley Releases Statement on New Charges Filed by St. Louis Circuit Attorney


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 20, 2018) – Attorney General Josh Hawley released the following statement regarding the newly filed charges against Governor Eric Greitens by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner: “St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner reviewed the evidence turned over to her by my office and determined that there is probable cause to file criminal charges against the Governor. The Office stands ready to assist the Circuit Attorney’s Office where appropriate and if needed. These are serious charges—and an important reminder that no one is above the law in Missouri. Like all criminal defendants, Governor Greitens is presumed innocent under the law until proven guilty." Read more...

AG Hawley Lauds Prompt Passage of Sunshine Law Legislation in Missouri House


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 19, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today applauded the House for approving vital legislation that offers commonsense measures to update and improve Missouri Sunshine and Records-retention laws. “Transparency in our government is an essential part of democracy—and my Office must have the tools to ensure our Sunshine and records-retention laws are followed,” Hawley said. Read more...

AG Hawley Files Brief Challenging California Agriculture Regulations


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 13, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, along with 10 other state attorneys general, filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of the United States challenging the state of California’s persistent disregard for federal law. The brief alleges that California continues to pass onerous regulations on agriculture and energy production that routinely flout the limits that federal law puts on the state’s regulatory reach. Read more...



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