Edmondson set to battle telemarketer

Keith Loria Sep. 9, 2009, 4:18pm


OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Legal Newsline) - Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson filed a lawsuit against a Florida telemarketer on Friday, seeking to stop the company from offering potentially bogus products.

Edmondson takes issue with the fact that the company is calling Oklahoma consumers warning that their automobile warranty is about to expire.

In the suit, the Democrat accuses C1F Marketing of employing unfair and deceptive trade practices in the marketing of vehicle warranties and of violating numerous state telemarketing laws.

"We allege the company misrepresents information when they contact consumers," Edmondson said.

"The company tells consumers that their vehicle warranty is about to expire whether it's true or not. They even try this ploy with consumers who don't have a vehicle warranty. We also believe the warranty the company is selling doesn't deliver as promised."

The Clearwater, Fla., company is also accused of violating the state's Don't Call and automatic dial laws and of operating in the state without registering as a commercial telephone seller as required by statute.

The suit asks the court to permanently enjoin the company from conducting these illegal operations in Oklahoma and seeks civil penalties, costs and expenses.

"We allege C1F's solicitations are knowingly false and misleading and that the company is illegally using an autodial device to contact Oklahomans who are registered on our Don't Call list," Edmondson.

"We also allege the company is not registered to make telemarketing calls in Oklahoma."

Edmondson also filed an application for a temporary injunction to stop the allegedly illicit activity pending the outcome of the lawsuit.

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