July 25, 2013
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster today filed a lawsuit against Springfield-based Branson Vacation Land, LLC, The Buzz Marketing and Communications, LLC, and their owner Kim Bascom, for placing over a quarter-million calls to Missourians on the state's No Call list. According to Koster, Bascom and his companies together made at least 279,419 calls during a six-month period in 2012.
In addition, the lawsuit names Florida-based Global Matrix Media, Inc., and Arizona-based Nationwide Marketing Services, Inc., two companies that provided leads to Bascom's companies. Koster alleges that Global Matrix and Nationwide sold leads to Bascom knowing that they contained numbers that were on the Missouri No Call list. This is the first lawsuit brought by the Attorney General's office that seeks to hold lead list companies responsible for telemarketing violations.
"We believe that these telemarketing firms together account for hundreds of thousands of No Call violations," said Koster. "My office will continue to act swiftly in these cases to hold both the firms placing the calls and the firms supplying the lists responsible."
Koster's lawsuit asks the court to prohibit the companies from making any further calls to Missourians on the No Call list as well as monetary civil penalties, including reimbursement of the state for costs incurred investigating and pursing the case.
The Attorney General reminds Missourians that they can sign up for the No Call list at http://ago.mo.gov or by calling 1-866-buzzoff (1-866-289-9633). Consumers on the No Call list who receive a telemarketing call should attempt to capture as much information about the caller as possible and file a complaint right away by calling the Attorney General's No Call Unit at 1-866-662-2551.