NEWS

  • 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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  • Attorney General Schmitt Offers Guidance for Responding to Public Records Requests in Midst of Coronavirus Shutdowns

    Mar 19, 2020, 16:13 PM by AG Schmitt
    During Sunshine Law Week and in the midst of shutdowns due to the spread of COVID-19, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is offering guidance to governmental bodies on handling public records requests.
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  • CONSUMER ALERT: AG Schmitt Urges Missourians to Be Cautious in Donating to Charities in Response to Coronavirus

    Mar 18, 2020, 16:43 PM by AG Schmitt
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is urging Missourians to exercise caution before donating to charities aiding in coronavirus outreach.
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  • AG Schmitt Offers Sunshine Law Guidelines in Midst of Coronavirus Shutdown

    Mar 17, 2020, 16:25 PM by AG Schmitt
    To kick off Sunshine Law Week, Attorney General Schmitt is offering guidelines and tips to governmental bodies who may have questions about public meetings or other Sunshine Law compliance in the midst of Coronavirus shutdowns.
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  • Attorney General Schmitt Warns of Medical Supply Chain Price Gouging

    Mar 16, 2020, 15:11 PM by AG Schmitt
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Missouri Hospital Association President Herb Kuhn are warning of potential price gouging that could affect the medical supply chain in containing the spread of COVID-19.
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  • AG Schmitt Files Suit Against Jim Bakker for Selling Fake “Coronavirus Cure”

    Mar 10, 2020, 13:03 PM by AG Schmitt
    Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office has filed a lawsuit against Jim Bakker and Morningside Church Productions, Inc. for misrepresentations about the effectiveness of “Silver Solution” as a treatment for 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
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  • CONSUMER ALERT: Attorney General’s Office Warns of Scams Related to the Coronavirus

    Mar 9, 2020, 13:24 PM by AG Schmitt
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is warning consumers of potential scams related to COVID-19 or the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. During and in the wake of any natural disaster or health crisis, scammers may try to take advantage of the stress and rush to stock up on supplies.
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  • Fourth Batch of Untested Sexual Assault Kits Delivered to Lab from Columbia Police Department

    Mar 6, 2020, 15:18 PM by AG Schmitt
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that the fourth round of untested sexual assault kits identified in the SAFE Kits Initiative inventory have been delivered to the lab from the Columbia Police Department. The kits were gathered at Columbia Police Department as a host agency from neighboring agencies on Tuesday to protect the chain of custody and streamline the process.
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  • AG Schmitt Files Suit, Shuts Down Pike County Dog Breeder for Violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act

    Mar 6, 2020, 15:17 PM by AG Schmitt
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced his office has filed a lawsuit, citing violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act (ACFA), and obtained a temporary restraining order against Cornerstone Farms, a dog breeding company operated by Debra Ritter and located in Curryville, Missouri. This case was referred to the Attorney General’s Office by the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA). The lawsuit was filed on February 25 and the temporary restraining order was granted on Friday, February 28.
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  • AG Schmitt Files Civil Suits, Criminal Charges Against Four Fraudulent Contractors

    Mar 3, 2020, 09:54 AM by AG Schmitt
    As part of National Consumer Protection Week, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that his office has filed civil lawsuits against two contractors and criminal charges against another two contractors for allegedly defrauding multiple consumers. The four actions were filed yesterday across the state.
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  • Attorney General Schmitt, Governor Parson Kick Off Consumer Protection Week in Missouri

    Mar 2, 2020, 12:48 PM by AG Schmitt
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Governor Mike Parson announced today the start Consumer Protection Week in Missouri, a week dedicated to raising awareness about scams and fraud facing consumers and bringing attention to efforts to prevent, investigate, and prosecute scams and fraud. National Consumer Protection Week, which is put on by the Federal Trade Commission, occurs nationwide from March 1 to March 7. Thanks to a gubernatorial proclamation from Governor Parson, March 1 to 7 is now designated as Missouri Consumer Protection Week.
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  • Third Batch of SAFE Kits Delivered to Lab from St. Joseph Police Department

    Feb 25, 2020, 17:43 PM by AG Schmitt
    The third batch of untested sexual assault kits identified by Missouri Attorney General Schmitt’s SAFE Kits Initiative inventory have been delivered to a private lab for testing. The kits were gathered at the St. Joseph Police Department as a “host agency” and sent directly to the private lab to preserve the chain of custody and streamline the process.
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