May 10, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today a California-based company will pay the state of Missouri $36,000 for violating Missouri’s telemarketing and telephone solicitation laws.
Koster reached an assurance of voluntary compliance (AVC) with Filanity Corporation, owned by Luan “Frank” Kim of California. He said the company made telephone solicitations to Missourians who had placed their names on the state’s No-Call List. The telemarketer was attempting to sell telephone calling cards he said would lower the consumers’ long-distance rates. The AVC was filed in St. Louis City Circuit Court.
Koster said in addition to paying the state $36,000, the defendant also must obtain an updated list of Missouri’s No-Call List subscribers and make no future calls to those on the list. In addition, he must obey Missouri’s Merchandising Practices and No-Call laws as set out in Missouri statutes. He said the settlement also includes the stipulation that the defendant will pay $5,000 per violation for any future violations of Missouri’s consumer protection laws.
"Missouri's No-Call law is clear, and businesses are understanding that we will stop them if they ignore the law," Koster said. "The Attorney General's office will continue to aggressively seek telemarketers who ignore our laws and continue to make prohibited calls."
Koster reminds Missourians they can sign up for Do-Not-Call and can file a complaint about receiving harassing solitication calls on his website at www.ago.mo.gov or by calling 1-866-BUZZOFF (1-866-289-9633).