December 7, 2007
St. Louis, Mo. — A Branson travel agency that placed telemarketing calls to Missourians on the state No Call list will pay a penalty of $15,000 and cease violating the No Call law under an agreement with Attorney General Jay Nixon. Nixon’s assurance of voluntary compliance with Vacations4U, which also does business under the name Worldwide Vacations, and its owner Dennis Dodd, was filed on Thursday (Dec. 6) in St. Louis City Circuit Court. Many of the complaints from consumers came from St. Louis.
Nixon filed a lawsuit against the defendants after his office received numerous complaints from consumers registered on the state No Call list who were contacted by Vacations4U. The defendants attempted to persuade consumers to purchase tickets to shows or vacation packages to Branson in the calls, Nixon said.
According to the agreement, Vacations4U will pay a penalty of $15,000 and stop violating the state No Call law. In addition, the defendants will be required to pay a civil penalty of up to $2,000 per violation if they violate any of the terms of the agreement, and a penalty of $5,000 per violation for any future violation of state consumer protection laws.