June 27, 2005
St. Louis, Mo. — Three Branson travel companies must pay the state a total of $22,500 and promise to comply fully with the state's No Call law as part of an agreement announced today by Attorney General Jay Nixon.
Wilderness Point Services Unlimited, Destination Adventures and Ozark Ticket and Travel allegedly made telemarketing calls to Missourians on the state's No Call list, according to assurances of voluntary compliance signed by St. Louis County Circuit Court Judge Bernhardt C. Drumm Jr. As part of the settlement, Wilderness Point will pay $7,500 to the Missouri Merchandising Practices Revolving Fund. Destination Adventures and Ozark Ticket and Travel, which are owned by the same individual, will pay a total of $15,000 to the fund.
"Travel companies should help consumers relax and unwind, not bother them incessantly with unwanted telemarketing calls," Nixon said. "Missouri continues to be at the forefront in eliminating unwanted telemarketing calls, and anyone who plans to solicit in Missouri needs to realize we are serious about enforcing our No Call law."
All three companies also must develop a plan to ensure compliance with the No Call law and submit a copy of the plan to Nixon's office. Future violations of the law could cost the companies $5,000 per call.
Missouri residents who wish to register their telephone numbers on the No Call list or file a complaint regarding a No Call violation can do so by visiting Nixon's Web site or by calling 1-866-NOCALL1.
To date, Nixon's office has obtained more than $1,285,500 from businesses that have violated Missouri's No Call law.