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Attorney General's News Release

July 26, 2012

Attorney General Koster sues California company for deceptive advertisements

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster filed a lawsuit today against UST Development Inc. and its owner, David Bell, for distributing misleading advertisements to Missourians and for soliciting service contracts without a license.

Koster alleges the company deceptively advertises its business phone system services by sending Missouri businesses and government agencies solicitations that look as if they were bills due for payment. The lawsuit also alleges UST and its owner solicited service contracts without being licensed with the Director of the Department of Insurance, as required by law.

“I will not tolerate businesses that attempt to mislead or deceive Missourians in order to sell their products,” Koster said.

Koster’s lawsuit seeks to stop UST from doing business in Missouri, restitution for consumers, civil penalties for violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act, and the cost of the investigation and prosecution.

The Attorney General asks anyone who has received a misleading advertisement from UST to contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-392-8222 or to file a consumer complaint online at

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