Missouri Attorney General files lawsuit against contractor for not completing Joplin homes

Missouri AG sues contractor over Joplin homes

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed a lawsuit against Clark Baxter of Sustainable Designs, located in Dana Point, California. The suit alleges several victims of the Joplin tornado paid Baxter thousands of dollars to rebuild energy efficient homes, but never completed the jobs.

In September 2012, Amy and Larry Jump told the 41 Action News Investigators about riding out the tornado in the basement of their home. When they emerged after the tornado, their entire home was gone.

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The Jumps paid Baxter thousands of dollars to buy construction materials to rebuild  the home. However, a few weeks into the project, the Jumps say construction halted and they never saw Clark Baxter again.

"This drug on for months and months, and there was nothing we could do about it because we were tapped," Amy Jump said.

"This was totally a second disaster. I mean, yeah, emotionally draining," Larry Jump said.

Catholic Charities and other volunteers stepped in to help the Jumps finish their home.

Meanwhile, the Attorney General's lawsuit includes an injunction to keep Baxter from conducting business in Missouri and requires him to provide restitution to the victims.

The suit also demands Baxter pay a thousand dollars for each incident.

The 41 Action News investigators have made several attempts to track down Baxter by both phone and email. We have not yet received a response from him.

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