April 1, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster said today he has entered into an agreement with a California company that mistakenly called Missourians on the state No-Call list attempting to sell credit cards to businesses with a $250,000 line of credit.
Koster said the company, Small Business Network, of Coronado, California, and owners Dennis and Helen Walker have signed an assurance of voluntary compliance (AVC) agreeing to pay the state $45,000. The AVC was filed in St. Louis City Circuit Court.
Koster said in addition to paying the state $45,000, the defendants must also obtain an updated list of Missouri's No-Call List of residential subscribers and make no future calls to those on the list. In addition, they must obey Missouri's Merchandising Practices Act and No-Call laws as set out in Missouri statutes. He said the settlement also includes the stipulation that the defendants will pay $5,000 per violation for any future violations of Missouri's No-Call laws.
"Missouri's No-Call law is clear, and businesses are understanding that we will prosecute them if they ignore the law," Koster said. "The Attorney General's office will continue to aggressively pursue 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).