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Attorney general sues Springfield consignment shop

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster today filed a lawsuit in Greene County Circuit Court against the now-defunct Scrapscrap Inc., which did business as the Queen City Emporium, and its former president, Jayne Wilson.

The suit alleges the 200 E. Commercial St. company violated Missouri's consumer protection laws, according to a news release from Koster's office.

According to the release, Wilson and the Queen City Emporium - a retail store which sold handmade items such as jewelry, clothing, food items, health care products and art work - obtained its merchandise on a consignment basis from Internet sellers.

Koster's suit says that at least as early as March 1, 2010, the Queen City Emporium and Wilson allegedly violated Missouri law by failing to deliver monthly statements to consignors as promised; failing to make payment to consignors after selling their merchandise; and failing to return consignors' unsold items.

In the suit, Koster is asking for restitution for the online vendors harmed by the alleged violations of Missouri law, as well as civil penalties and investigative costs. The suit also seeks a permanent injunction prohibiting Wilson and the company from selling merchandise on consignment and from violating Missouri's consumer protection laws, the release said.

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