2018 NEWS ARCHIVES 

AG Hawley Files Amicus Brief Opposing Mandated Government Subsidization of Discriminatory Boycotts Against Israel


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 15, 2018)  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley and eight other states today filed an amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit supporting Arizona’s motion to stay a preliminary injunction against an Arizona law that prohibits the State from entering into procurement contracts with businesses that boycott Israel.  Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Kansas City Contractor Convicted of Home Repair Fraud


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 12, 2018) - Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that Robert B. Williams, 47, of Kansas City, pled guilty to unlawful merchandising practices in Johnson, Clay, and Platte Counties. In his pleas, Williams admitted that he falsely promised homeowners that in exchange for upfront payment, he and his company, Xtreme Concrete and Outdoor Design, LLC, would perform concrete work and other construction services. Despite being paid, Mr. Williams failed to provide any work or materials to the homeowners. Read more...

AG Josh Hawley Encourages Missourians To Donate Wisely Following Hurricanes


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 11, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Hawley today reminded Missourians to donate wisely in the aftermath of catastrophic weather events. Hurricanes Michael’s and Florence’s devastating paths have left thousands of people without homes and many more in need of basic necessities and assistance. Relief funds have been set up and support is pouring in from all over the country. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Final Results of Rape Kit Audit and SAKI Grant Award


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 1, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his Office has received a $2.8 million Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The Attorney General also announced the final results of the statewide rape kit audit conducted by his office. Read more...

AG Hawley Obtains a $45,467 Judgment against Best Way A-Z Hot Mix Paving for Shoddy and Incomplete Asphalt Work


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 28, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley obtained a $45,467 judgment on behalf of 11 Missourians who received poor or incomplete paving or sealing services from Darin Ruby and his business, Best Way A-Z Hot Mix Paving. Ruby approached potential customers door-to-door offering discounted asphalt and sealing services. After they paid for services promised by Ruby, he either did not perform the services or performed them poorly. At times, Ruby also demanded money over and above the initial agreed-upon price to complete the work. Read more...

AG Hawley Obtains a $27,776 Default Judgment Against Joshua Luttrell and SNL Fencing for Defrauding Missouri Consumers


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 27, 2018) — Attorney General Josh Hawley obtained a default judgment of $27,776 on behalf of four southwest Missouri residents who were defrauded by Joshua Luttrell and his companies doing business as SNL Fencing and Dirtwork. Luttrell entered into contracts to build fences for ranches, farms, and homes in rural southwest Missouri. Although he took upfront payments from customers, Luttrell failed to construct the fences or they were of poor quality and required repair.  Read more...

AG Hawley Reaches $148 Million Settlement with Uber over Data Breach


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 26, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that he, along with 49 other states and the District of Columbia, has reached an agreement with California-based ride-sharing company Uber Technologies, Inc. (Uber) to address the company’s one-year delay in reporting a data breach to its affected drivers. Uber learned in November 2016 that hackers had gained access to personal information Uber maintained about its drivers, including the drivers’ license information of approximately 600,000 drivers nationwide. Read more...

AG Hawley Fires Back in Duck Boat Case


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 24, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today fired back in court filings arguing the court should not dismiss the lawsuit filed against Ripley Entertainment, Inc. and Branson Duck Vehicles, LLC alleging violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act, Missouri’s principal consumer protection statute. The filings also argue that the Circuit Court of Taney County is the proper venue for the case. Read more...

AG Hawley Joins 11-State Push for Deeper Cuts in Opioid Pill Manufacturing


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 20, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley joined an 11-state coalition in calling upon the federal government to implement sweeping reforms to account for the misuse of prescription painkillers and ultimately lead to the manufacturing of fewer opioids in 2019. Attorney General Hawley believes that although a 10-percent reduction is a step in the right direction, the proposed quotas remain excessive. The DEA has not yet accounted for illicit diversion and relevant input from states and federal agencies. Read more...

AG Hawley Obtains a $13,357 Default Judgment against Michael Robinson and Michael’s Irrigation, LLC for Defrauding Missouri Consumers


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 18, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley obtained a $13,357 default judgment on behalf of six Missouri consumers who were defrauded by Michael Robinson and his company Michael’s Irrigation, LLC. Robinson entered into agreements with Missouri consumers to provide installation and maintenance services for water irrigation systems and took upfront payment for those services. Despite receiving payment, Robinson and his company failed to provide any of the promised services to customers. Read more...

AG Hawley Urges Congress to Support Funding Under Violence Against Women Act


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 17, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Hawley today joined 55 state and territory attorneys general urging Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) before it expires this year. The attorneys general sent a letter to congressional leaders and the chairs of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees emphasizing the importance of VAWA and the necessary tools it makes available to female survivors of violence. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Buchanan County SVP Commitment


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 11, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that a Buchanan County jury took less than one hour to find Franklin J. Stitt, Jr., 82, to be a sexually violent predator. Stitt, a former resident of Amazonia, Missouri, and diagnosed pedophile, has a decades long history of sexually abusing boys and girls as young as four years old. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Guilty Plea and Sentence in Financial Exploitation of the Elderly Case


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 7, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that Kasey Hudson, 43, pled guilty to Financial Exploitation of the Elderly and Unlawful Merchandising Practices in connection with an asphalt scam in the Montgomery County-area. Hudson was sentenced to five years of supervised probation and ordered to pay restitution of $7,500. AG Hawley previously obtained a civil judgment against Kasey Hudson on May 4, 2018 for $107,964.25. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Consecutive Life Sentences Plus 177 Years for Barry County Double Murderer


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 7, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that Barry County Circuit Judge Jack Goodman sentenced double murderer Christopher Paschall to two consecutive life sentences for murder in the first degree, plus a combined 177 years, which will also run consecutively, for three counts of armed criminal action and parental kidnapping. The sentence follows a September 28, 2017, jury finding that Paschall, 40, of Springdale, Arkansas, was guilty of two counts of murder in the first degree, parental kidnapping, and three counts of armed criminal action following a four-day trial. Read more...

Personal Care Attendant Cheryl Kelly Sentenced Following Medicaid Fraud and Financially Exploiting an Elderly Veteran Convictions


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 4, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that Cheryl Kelly, 52, of Kansas City, has been sentenced to five years of probation and must pay $15,000 in restitution and $10,000 in civil penalties after being found guilty of one Class B felony count of financial exploitation of an elderly person and two Class C felony Counts of Medicaid fraud in June. The case was jointly prosecuted by the Missouri Attorney General’s Office and the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Read more...

AG Hawley Files Lawsuit Against Branson Duck Vehicles and Ripley Entertainment


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 31, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today filed a petition in the Circuit Court of Taney County urging the court to enjoin Branson Duck Vehicles, LLC and Ripley Entertainment, Inc. from operating duck boats in Missouri. The Attorney General’s Office alleges violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act, Missouri’s principal consumer-protection statute. On July 19, seventeen people drowned while on a tour of Table Rock Lake when their duck boat sank during severe weather. Read more...

AG Hawley Co-Sponsors Overdose Death Investigation and Prosecution Training for Missouri Prosecutors


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 29, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, along with the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services and the National Attorneys General Research Institute, today sponsored a day-long training course covering overdose death investigations and prosecutions. The course focused on issues related to the investigation and prosecution of death cases from overdoses of heroin and fentanyl. Read more...

AG Hawley Praises Appointment of Cape Girardeau County Sheriff John Jordan as U.S. Marshall


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 29, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley praised the United States Senate for approving Cape Girardeau County Sheriff John Jordan as a U.S. Marshall for the Eastern District of Missouri. Sheriff Jordan is the longest serving Sheriff in Cape Girardeau County history, having served for over 20 years. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Dunklin County Double Murder Conviction


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 28, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that William “Josh” Carter was convicted of two counts of murder in the first degree following a jury trial in New Madrid County. The jury returned the guilty verdicts after 36 minutes of deliberation. In June 2016, Carter intentionally struck his estranged wife, Heather Carter, and her friend Aaron Campbell with his SUV, killing them. The dispute began after an argument when the defendant struck Mrs. Carter’s SUV with his SUV and drove off, in Kennett, Missouri. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Jeffrey Kowalski Sentenced for Attempted Identity Theft


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 27, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Jeffrey Kowalski of Camden County has been sentenced to 17 months in jail after being found guilty of violating two counts of Missouri’s Merchandising Practices Act, one count of attempted identity theft, and one count of attempted stealing by deceit. He was found guilty of all four counts in July. Read more...

AG Hawley Urges Public Service Commission to Increase Privacy Protections for Missouri Consumers


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 24, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today submitted a regulatory filing urging the Public Service Commission to adopt more stringent privacy protections for Missouri consumers. The Public Service Commission, which regulates Missouri utilities, is considering rules governing how companies use and share customer information.  Read more...

AG Hawley to Launch Independent Review of Archdiocese of St. Louis


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 23, 2018)  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his office has launched an independent review of the Archdiocese of St. Louis regarding allegations of sexual abuse by clergy members. This comes after the Archdiocese agreed to voluntarily cooperate with the Attorney General’s Office.  Read more...

AG Hawley Urges Congress to Close Deadly Fentanyl Loophole


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 23, 2018)  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, as part of a bipartisan coalition of 52 state and territory attorneys general, called on Congress today to help end the opioid epidemic and close a loophole that allows those who traffic deadly fentanyl to stay a step ahead of law enforcement. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Medicaid Investigation Leads to Guilty Plea in DeBrodie Case


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 20, 2018)  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that a joint- state and federal investigation led to the guilty plea of Melissa Denise DeLap, 49, of Columbia, Mo. DeLap plead guilty in federal court to health care fraud.  Read more...

AG Hawley Files Lawsuit Against the St. Louis Housing Authority


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 16, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today filed a lawsuit against the St. Louis Housing Authority and McCormack Baron Management, Inc., challenging the conditions of the Clinton-Peabody Housing Complex in St. Louis. Earlier this year, the Attorney General’s Office announced an investigation into living conditions at the complex. The Office served an investigative subpoena on the Housing Authority, and since that time investigators from the Office have inspected units at the housing complex.    Read more...

AG Hawley Statement on Hair Braiders Supreme Court Case


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 15, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today released the following statement: “Today, rather than having the Supreme Court review a case that will become moot when the new law, passed by the legislature this year, is implemented, the Attorney General’s Office is waiving its response in Niang v Tomblinson. We encourage the Board of Cosmetology to implement the new law expeditiously.” Read more...

AG Hawley Files Lawsuit Against Rough Country Rustic Furniture, LLC for Deceptive Practices


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 1, 2018) – Attorney General Josh Hawley filed a lawsuit today against Joseph Ross, Ashley Dillard, and their companies Rough Country Rustic Furniture, LLC (“Rough Country”) and Rustic Concealment Solutions, LLC (“Rustic Concealment”). Rough Country is an online furniture company located in Wright County, Missouri. The Attorney General’s lawsuit alleges that the company and its owners used deceptive and unfair business practices in connection with the sale of furniture and home décor. Read more...

AG Hawley Joins Bipartisan Fight to Protect Veterans Memorial


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 31, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley joined a bipartisan group of 28 states in fighting to protect a historic cross honoring World War I veterans as part of a case with much broader implications for the First Amendment. In an Amicus Brief filed Monday, the 28-state coalition urges the U.S. Supreme Court to consider and ultimately protect veterans memorials that include religious symbolism. Read more...

AG Hawley Files Lawsuit to Address Deadly Conditions at “The Offsets” in Madison County


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 30, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his office has filed a lawsuit seeking to compel a commercial enterprise in Madison County known as “The Offsets” to remedy deadly conditions at the former quarry. The recreational facility has been the site of at least 9 deaths—including two since July 4 of this year—and numerous other serious bodily injuries. Read more...

AG Hawley Serves Additional Investigative Subpoena on Google


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 25, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his office has served a new investigative subpoena on tech giant Google as part of its continuing investigation into the company’s business practices. The new subpoena relates to allegations that the company took improper steps to enhance its market power. Last week, the European Commission imposed a record-breaking $5.1 billion fine on Google for related conduct in the European Union. Read more...



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