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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster acquired a temporary restraining order Monday that will help those with pending civil suits against a local auction house.

The restraining order will prevent Ivey-Selkirk Auctions and Appraisals from doing further business or disposing of documentation.

The auction house has come under fire for the past few years due to Better Business Bureau warnings and complaints from customers that they weren't receiving the proper proceeds for sold items in a timely fashion.

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According to Koster, approximately 40 customers have complained to his office about no payment received on their items sold at auction. Some customers also complained of returned checks for insufficient funds.

The St. Louis auction house has been around since the early 19th century.

Koster filed a civil petition last week regarding the company's unfair business practices and violating Missouri's Merchandising Practices Act for false promises.

Koster asks those who haven't received payment for their respective auction items to contact the Consumer Protection Division by calling 800-392-8222 or online at ago.mo.gov.

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