Texas robo-call company settles with Indiana AG

Keith Loria May 18, 2010, 3:20pm


INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) -- Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is continuing his crackdown on telephone privacy violators, announcing a $30,000 agreement with a Texas-based robo-call company.

Association Health Care Management Inc. of Houston, which also does business as Family Care, was charged with allegedly making numerous robo-calls after the attorney general's office received multiple complaints about the company's automated telephone solicitations. One South Bend business lodged more than 100 of the complaints.

"Hoosiers often tell me how much they appreciate our Telephone Privacy laws," Zoeller said. "They signed up for Indiana's Do Not Call list because they hate the interruptions by telemarketers. Our Indiana laws are quite clear. If telemarketers and robo-callers don't respect consumers' privacy or don't understand what we mean by 'Do Not Call,' then perhaps having to pay large cash settlements will get their attention."

Terms of the agreement call for the company to pay $30,000, which will be used to fund future Telephone Privacy efforts.

Association Health Care Management did not admit to any wrongdoing in agreeing to the consent decree, claiming that the calls were generated against its policy by a former wholesaler.

On Tuesday, Zoeller also filed charges against Tipton Lakes Athletic Club of Columbus, Ind., over sales calls made to people on the state's Do Not Call List. Zoeller's office is seeking an injunction and civil penalties.

"Diligent enforcement of Indiana's Telephone Privacy laws started under my predecessor, former Attorney General Steve Carter, and has continued under my administration," Zoeller said. "Indiana has the toughest, most stringent telephone-privacy law in the nation, and I intend to enforce it aggressively and not relent until everyone gets the message and stops pestering our Hoosier consumers."

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