Koster obtains order against telemarketer
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced on Wednesday that he has obtained a temporary restraining order against an Florida-based telemarketing company for making solicitation calls to Missourians on the state's no-call list.
The restraining order prohibits Azriel Financial Services and Jaime Chacon, the company's owner, from making any further solicitation calls to Missourians on the no-call list. Koster had previously filed a lawsuit against Azriel and Chacon alleging violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act and the Telemarketing No-Call List Act.
Telephone solicitation calls were allegedly made to consumers claiming that the company could reduce their credit card interest rates.
The lawsuit comes as a result of hundreds of complaints filed with the No-Call Division of Koster's Office. Koster is seeking a civil penalty of $5,000 for each violation of Missouri law, as well as all prosecution and court costs.
"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."