AG sues Civil War cannon business

Chris Rizo Aug. 16, 2008, 11:10am

Jay Nixon (D)

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (Legal Newsline)-A legal barrage has hit a Warsaw, Mo.-based Civil War cannon business.

Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon filed a lawsuit against John Adams, who does business as Missouri Cannon Works, this week for allegedly engaging in unfair business practices.

The attorney general said Adams' company sold full-scale replica Civil War cannons and parts online but his customers neither received the merchandise they paid for nor refunds.

In court papers filed in Benton County Circuit Court, the attorney general alleges Adams advertised and sold Civil War cannon replicas through his Web site and required customers to make advance payments for their orders.

The attorney general said at least three consumers who sent Adams payment of as much as $4,250 did not receive the merchandise they ordered. The AG said Adams then ignored customer inquiries about their orders.

The lawsuit seeks to force Adams to pay restitution to any consumers harmed by his alleged actions. Nixon is also seeking penalties and court costs to the state.

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