November 18, 2013
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster today announced he has filed suit against Ohio-based M.A. Infinity Marketing, Inc., and its owner Mark Adams, for harassing telemarketing calls in violation of Missouri's No Call Law.
According to the suit filed in St. Charles County Circuit Court, M.A. Infinity Marketing placed thousands of automated "robo calls" to Missourians, in an attempt to sell life and health insurance. Many who received the calls had registered their telephone numbers on Missouri's No Call list. Some Missourians reported receiving more than a dozen calls from the company in a single day. Consumers said they continued to receive calls even after following the company's directions to press a button to opt out of further calls.
Koster said his office received hundreds of formal complaints about the company.
"Missourians place their phone numbers on the No Call list because they do not want to receive annoying, unwanted telemarketing calls," said Koster. "When they ask the company for the calls to stop, they should stop. That’s the law."
Koster is asking the court to prohibit the company from making any further calls to Missourians on the No Call list. He is also seeking penalties of up to $5,000 per violation of the No Call Law. The lawsuit also seeks $1,000 per violation of Missouri's Telemarketing Law, which prohibits telemarketers from continuing to call people who have asked them to stop, and for recovery of the costs of the investigation and prosecution of the case.
Koster reminds Missourians they can register their telephone numbers with the Missouri No Call list at www.ago.mo.gov or by calling 866-662-2551. Consumers who have registered for the No Call list but receive solicitation calls can file a complaint at 1-866-buzzoff (1-866-289-9633).