Mo. sues Calif. marketing company for alleged telemarketing law violations

By Mark Payne | Dec 24, 2014

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster   Missouri Attorney General's Office

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster sued a California marketing company on Tuesday for allegedly violating the state's Telemarketing and No Call laws. 

First Pacific Marketing, LLC, along with its owner Lindsay Johnson, allegedly used robocalls to attempt to sell security systems. To convince consumers to buy the security systems, the calls would say that the Federal Bureau of Investigations had recently reported an increase in break-ins in the consumers’ neighborhoods.

Even after the consumers would press a button to stop receiving calls from First Pacific, they allegedly  continued to get them. 

"Telemarketers resorting to false statements and scare tactics to sell security systems are among the highest source of complaints to my office each year," Koster said. "This company repeatedly harassed Missourians with unwanted robocalls, even after they asked for the calls to stop. We will continue to protect Missouri consumers and crack down on unscrupulous telemarketers."

Koster is requesting that the company not be allowed to make any more calls to Missouri consumers, regardless of the no-call registry. He also is seeking penalties of up to $5,000 per violation of the state's No Call Law and up to $1,000 for each violation of the Telemarketing Law. In addition, he is asking that the court require First Pacific to pay for all investigation and legal costs related to the case. 

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