Businesses in Missouri are being sued by the state because they’ve forgotten to do something or have ignored orders to do something. When a non-custodial parent has trouble making child support parents, their employers can be ordered to withhold the money from their paychecks and send it to the circuit clerk for distribution. Since July 1st, the Attorney General has had the power to sue businesses that are not withholding those funds. And, Attorney General Jay Nixon has started suing them. By the end of the week, he will have sued 31 businesses. He calls it a shot across the bow of companies that are ignoring their responsibilities. In the first series of suits, one company owes about $5,000, while another owes $67. The smaller amount already has been paid – a result Nixon hopes is followed by the others. He prefers action to court proceedings in these cases.