“Since taking office one year ago, my Office has vigorously defended the rights, safety, and well-being of Missourians,” Hawley said. “I am proud of the work we have done to fight public corruption at all levels, increase transparency, remove regulations that harm Missouri farmers, investigate companies that defraud consumers, and prosecute those who harm Missouri’s vulnerable citizens. There is still much work to be done—and I look forward to continuing to serve the great people of this State.”
Among many accomplishments, in 2017, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office:
- Launched an investigation into whether Google has violated the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act—Missouri’s principal consumer-protection statute—and Missouri’s Antitrust laws.
- Filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, Endo Health Solutions, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, alleging that these companies carried out a complex, multi-year campaign in which they deliberately misrepresented the addictive risks of opioids. The AGO also launched related investigations into seven other opioid manufacturers and three major opioid distributors.
- Issued innovative new regulations, the first of their kind in the country, that would impose strict penalties on human trafficking under Missouri’s consumer-protection laws.
- Launched an initiative to combat human trafficking in Missouri which included forming an anti-trafficking task force, anti-trafficking enforcement unit, the Business Council Against Human Trafficking, and an investigation into Backpage.com.
- Spearheaded the largest anti-trafficking raid in Missouri history targeting businesses in Springfield believed to be involved in illegal human trafficking.
- Obtained nearly $12 million in criminal/abuse/neglect/fraud outcomes and nearly $12 million in civil outcomes in Medicaid fraud cases.
- Obtained over $14 million in restitution for Missouri consumers, nearly $4 million more than in 2016.
- Committed 10 sexually violent predators.