Pa. AG suing Okla. companies

Bryan Cohen Jul. 6, 2011, 11:50am


HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) - Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly announced a consumer protection lawsuit on Wednesday against two Oklahoma-based companies over alleged violations of the state's Do Not Call list.

United American Technology Inc., based in Oklahoma City, and the National Campaign for Moral Values Fund, based in Jones, Okla., allegedly attempted to circumvent the restrictions of the Telemarketer Registration Act by having NCMVF, a non-profit company, call consumers. The callers allegedly warned consumers about the dangers of child predators and Internet pornography.

Kelly alleges that the true purpose of the call was to market the services of UAT, a for-profit telecommunications corporation. UAT allegedly paid a commission to NCMVF for referring consumers to UAT.

The companies allegedly failed to promptly disclose the purpose of their calls and what was being sold.

The lawsuit asks the court to require both companies to fully comply with the state's Telemarketer Registration Act, forfeit their right to engage in business in the state until all restitution, costs and civil penalties have been paid, pay civil penalties of $1,000 for each violation of consumer protection law and $3,000 for each violation that involved a victim 60 or older, and forfeit all profits derived as a result from the allegedly deceptive and unfair business practices.

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