Koster sues satellite radio provider

Keith Loria Sep. 9, 2010, 10:22am


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit against Sirius XM Radio over allegations that it violated the state's no-call laws, his office announced on Wednesday.

Koster also received a temporary restraining order against the satellite radio company for allegedly reaching out to Missouri residents who were on the no-call list, many of whom complained about the contact to the attorney general's No-Call Division.

"When Missourians register with our no-call list, they do so with the reasonable expectation that they will not receive these unsolicited, harassing calls," Koster said.

"No business, no matter the size or reach, is immune from Missouri's law, and we will continue to go after those who violate it."

Sirius allegedly violated both the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act and the Telemarketing No-Call List Act by soliciting its satellite radio subscriptions to those on the no-call list.

The temporary restraining order requires Sirius to stop making calls to those on the list who have no prior business relationship with the company. The satellite radio company may still call existing customers, however, as long as they haven't requested that Sirius specifically not call them.

Koster is seeking a civil penalty of $5,000 for each violation of Missouri law, as well as all costs associated with the litigation.

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