August 16, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster has obtained a temporary restraining order against a Pennsylvania-based telemarketing company for making solicitation calls to Missourians who had previously placed their names on the state's no-call list. He said the temporary restraining order came as a result of numerous complaints filed with the No-Call Division of the Attorney General’s Office.
Koster filed suit against Internet Technology Partnerships, Inc., and Jesse Levine, the company’s owner. The lawsuit alleges violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act and the Telemarketing No-Call List Act. Koster said telephone solicitation callers attempted to solicit consumers in the St. Louis Metropolitan area who may have used the drug Avandia and suffered side effects from its use. The callers failed to identify the person or entity making the call and failed to disclose that the purpose of the call was to make a sale.
“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 to stop the defendants from making calls to Missourians on the no-call list. In addition, he is asking the court to order 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 http://ago.mo.gov or by calling 1-866-BUZZOFF (1-866-289-9633).