Calif. company penalized for telemarketing calls in Kansas

By Bryan Cohen | May 6, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) - Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced a $10,000 penalty on Friday against a California home security and marketing company that allegedly violated the Kansas No-Call Act.

Shawnee County District Judge Larry Hendricks ordered Outreach Marketing Group, Direct Source Media and Secure 1 Inc. to pay $10,000 as part of a consent judgement. Hendricks also ordered the company to refrain from violating the No-Call Act in the future.

"Consumers who have chosen to register their phone numbers on the do-not-call list have an expectation that they will no longer receive these calls," Schmidt said. "Our office will continue to enforce the law against those who choose to violate consumers' privacy."

Schmidt's office received three complaints in 2012 and 2013 from residents of Johnson County alleging Outreach called them to sell home security systems or security motoring systems. The consumers' phone numbers were registered on the Do-Not-Call list.

Schmidt proposed a new law earlier in 2014 that would give his office additional authority to enforce violations of the No-Call Act when telemarketers call consumers' cell phone. The Kansas Legislature passed the law unanimously before the governor signed it into law. It will take effect on July 1.

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