Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster today announced he has filed three lawsuits against companies for violating Missouri’s telemarketing and No-Call laws.
Koster sued Lawn Pro Turf Maintenance and its owners for making tens of thousands of calls to Missouri consumers to sell lawn-care services. Callers claimed to be in the neighborhood and offered a discount on lawn-maintenance services. Several consumers told the caller they did not want to be contacted, but Lawn Pro telemarketers continued to call them.
Koster also sued Delaware-based e-Degree Advisors and Nevada-based Courtesy Call. Telemarketers for eDegree Advisors called Missouri consumers on the No-Call list to solicit higher education enrollment. Courtesy Call telemarketers called consumers who specifically requested not to be contacted and requested charitable donations. In all of these cases, Koster is asking the court to impose up to $5,000 in penalties for each violation of the No-Call Law.
“Missouri’s No-Call law is very clear in its aim to protect those on the list from unwanted calls,” Koster said. “There is no excuse for a business to barrage consumers with these unwanted phone calls, and we will aggressively target those who continue to do so.”
Koster reminds Missourians they can register their telephone numbers with the Missouri No-Call list online or by calling 866-No Call 1 (866-662-2551). To-date, Missourians have registered 4.5 million cell phone and landline numbers with the No-Call list. Consumers who have registered for the No-Call list but receive solicitation calls can file a complaint at 866-Buzzoff (866-289-9633) or online.
The actions announced today coincide with National Consumer Protection Week. Complaints about unwanted telemarketing calls annually make up the highest volume of complaints the Attorney General’s Office receives. National Consumer Protection Week is a coordinated campaign that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their rights and make better-informed decisions. More information is available online at ncpw.gov.