September 9, 2008
St. Louis, Mo. - Rolox Inc. and Thomas Construction, two companies that sell home improvement products and services, have been ordered to stop making telemarketing calls to Missourians on the state No Call list. Attorney General Jay Nixon obtained a temporary restraining order on Monday (Sept. 8) in St. Louis City Circuit Court against Rolox, Thomas and other defendants.
Consumers on the No Call list had complained to the Attorney General's Office about telemarketing calls they received from Rolox, which does business out of Grandview, Mo., and from Thomas Construction, which does business out of Bridgeton, Mo. The lawsuit accuses the defendants of not only calling those on the No Call list, but also of making repeat calls to those who asked not to be called, and of being rude, harassing and intimidating during the telemarketing calls.
"Missourians have registered more than 2.7 million telephone numbers on our No Call list because they don't want these sales calls that they consider to be intrusive," Nixon said. "The fact that we have obtained court orders for almost $3 million over the past seven years shows our aggressiveness in going after telemarketers who violate the privacy these Missourians have clearly said they want."
The defendants named in Nixon's lawsuit are Rolox Inc.; THV Holdings LLC, which does business as Thomas Construction; and True Home Value Inc. Nixon also is suing two individuals, Charles Smith and Stephen Townzen, who are affiliated with the business defendants.
In addition to prohibiting the defendants from calling Missourians on the No Call list, the order signed Monday by Circuit Judge Edward Sweeney also prohibits the defendants from knowingly using any method to block the use of Caller ID by those on the No Call list.
The judge scheduled a hearing for Sept. 24 on Nixon's request for a preliminary injunction against the defendants. The Attorney General's lawsuit asks the court to order the defendants to pay sanctions for violating the No Call law, and to order them to comply with the law in the future.