Missouri AG nets $15.5 million in out-of-court settlements in 2008

Chris Rizo Jan. 4, 2009, 11:13am

Jay Nixon (D)

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (Legal Newsline)-Outgoing Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon's office in 2008 helped recover $15.5 million in out-of-court settlements for consumers during 2008, officials said.

The attorney general's Consumer Protection Division directed the money to some of the 12,836 claimants who filed complaints that the office resolved last year.

In a statement, the Democratic attorney general's office said since 1993 that it has recovered more than $51 million for consumers through informal mediation efforts -- meaning disputes were settled out of court.

In court actions, Nixon's office either recovered or won judgments last year totaling $6 million.

In his final report for his consumer protection division before becoming governor, Nixon said his office obtained 11 criminal convictions, 29 assurances of voluntary compliance in court and 36 judgments in civil cases.

The Consumer Protection Division also obtained $722,000 in penalties for Missouri schools, $3.5 million for enforcement of consumer laws and $200,807 for antitrust enforcement, the statement said.

From Legal Newsline: Reach reporter Chris Rizo at chrisrizo@legalnewsline.com.

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