Pa. company in trouble in Missouri

Bryan Cohen Aug. 16, 2011, 12:26am


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster obtained a temporary restraining order on Tuesday against a Pennsylvania-based telemarketing company for allegedly making solicitation calls to Missourians on the state's no-call list.

Koster filed suit against Internet Technology Partnerships Inc. and Jesse Levine, the company's owner, as a result of numerous complaints filed with the Koster's No-Call Division.

The lawsuit alleges violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act and the Telemarketing No-Call List Act. Koster alleges that telephone solicitation callers attempted to solicit consumers in the St. Louis metropolitan area who may have used the drug Avandia and suffered side effects from its use. The callers allegedly failed to disclose that the purpose of the call was to make a sale and failed to identify the person or entity making the call.

"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. "These businesses are aware of our No-Call laws, and they are realizing that this office will enforce those laws."

Koster is asking the court to stop the defendants from making calls to Missourians on the no-call list, a civil penalty of $5,000 for each violation of Missouri law, court costs and attorneys' fees.

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