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December 21, 2010

Attorney General Koster sues Florida telemarketer for violations of Missouri No-Call laws --obtains temporary restraining order to stop calls to No-Call subscribers--

Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster today obtained a temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop a Florida telemarketing company from making solicitation calls to Missourians who had previously placed their names on the state's no-call list. Koster filed suit and sought the TRO today as a result of numerous complaints filed with the No-Call Division of the Attorney General's Office.

Koster filed suit against Travellink Corp., Travel and Vacation Marketing Services, Inc., and Okie Miller, a/k/a Olen Miller, Inc., based in Tampa, Florida. The lawsuit alleges violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act and the Telemarketing No-Call List Act. Koster said the defendants made repetitive and harassing calls to consumers telling them they had won a free vacation and soliciting vacation travel packages.

"When Missourians register with our No-Call list, they do so with the reasonable expectation that they will not receive these unsolicited, harassing calls," Koster said. "These businesses are aware of our No-Call laws, and they are realizing that this office will enforce those laws."

Koster said he is asking the court for a permanent injunction against the defendants to prohibit them from making calls to Missourians on the no-call list who have no established business relationship with the company. In addition, he is seeking a civil penalty of $5,000 for each violation of Missouri law, costs of the investigation and prosecution, and all court costs.

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 or by calling 1-866-BUZZOFF (1-866-289-9633).



 
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