April 25, 2012
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster today announced a settlement with a Pennsylvania-based business, Internet Technology Partnerships, Inc., and its owner, Jesse Levine, that requires the company to pay the state $35,000 for violating Missouri’s no-call law. The settlement also requires the company to stop making telemarketing calls to any Missouri consumer unless the consumer has an agreement with Internet Technology Partnerships to allow such calls.
Koster filed a lawsuit against Levine and his company in August 2011 after the Attorney General’s Office received more than 100 complaints from consumers who had registered their phone numbers on Missouri’s Do-Not-Call list. The telemarketers called attempting to solicit plaintiffs for class action lawsuits.
“Missourians do not want to be bothered by telemarketers and they make it clear by signing up for our Do-Not-Call list and notifying us when they get the illegal calls,” Koster said. “The Attorney General’s Office will continue to take action against telemarketers who do not obey Missouri’s law.”
Koster has encouraged the General Assembly to allow Missourians to add cell phone numbers to the state No-Call registry. While each chamber has unanimously passed different versions of legislation to accomplish this, the legislature only has three and a half weeks before session ends to agree on a single bill.
“Missourians have been clear that they want to register their cell phones on the No-Call list. I appreciate the legislature’s attention to this issue, and urge passage of a bill by May 18,” Koster said.
Koster reminds Missourians they can sign up for the Do-Not-Call hotline on his website at http://ago.mo.gov or by calling 1-866-buzzoff (1-866-289-9633). He encourages consumers who receive harassing solicitation calls to file a complaint at 1-866-662-2551.