May 13, 2005
St. Louis, Mo. — A Fresno, Calif., telemarketing firm will pay $15,000 for violating Missouri's No Call law and will not make telemarketing phone calls to Missouri residents for at least five years in an agreement reached with Attorney General Jay Nixon.
The assurance of voluntary compliance, filed in St. Louis County Circuit Court, alleges that True Source Marketing Inc., a company that provides telemarketing services for home mortgages and other items, contacted several Missourians on the state's No Call list. As part of the agreement, True Source will not be allowed to make telephone solicitations in Missouri until it has been free of state and federal no-call violations for five years.
"By virtue of the fact that 1.9 million Missouri households have signed up for the state No Call list, it is obvious that this is a popular program that has empowered Missourians to take control of their own living room," Nixon said. "Our aggressive enforcement efforts have made that possible, and have sent a message to would-be violators that such actions will not be tolerated."
True Source will pay a civil penalty of $15,000 to the Missouri Merchandising Practices Revolving Fund, and any future intentional violations will cost the company $5,000 per call.
Missouri residents not yet on the list can have their numbers registered or can file a complaint online regarding a no-call violation or by calling 1-866-NOCALL1.
To date, Nixon's office has obtained more than $1,263,000 from businesses that have violated Missouri's No Call law.