September 8, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster today obtained a temporary restraining order against Sirius XM Radio, Inc., for making solicitation calls to Missourians who had previously placed their names on the state's no-call list. Koster filed a lawsuit against Sirius Friday as a result of numerous complaints filed with the No-Call Division of the Attorney General's Office.
Koster's lawsuit alleges violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act and the Telemarketing No-Call List Act. Koster said telephone solicitation calls were made to consumers soliciting satellite radio subscriptions.
"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. "No business, no matter the size or reach, is immune from Missouri's law, and we will continue to go after those who violate it."
Koster asked the court to issue a temporary restraining order prohibiting the defendant from making calls to Missourians on the no-call list who have no established business relationship with the company. Sirius may still make calls to existing customers, unless a customer directs Sirius not to call them. Koster also 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 solicitation calls on his website at www.ago.mo.gov or by calling 1-866-BUZZOFF (1-866-289-9633).