Kansas AG files lawsuit against medical alert device companies

By Bryan Cohen | Jul 21, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) - Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Friday a lawsuit has been filed against a group of Utah-based medical device companies that allegedly violated the state's Do Not Call Act.

Schmidt's office received multiple complaints in 2013 from Kansans who received telemarketing calls saying they could be eligible to receive a free medical alert device. Consumers who were offered the free device were allegedly told they must provide a credit card number to cover shipping or monitoring fees.

"These calls are nothing more than a ruse to get your personal financial information," Schmidt previously said. "You should never have to pay money to get a 'free' product.

"We advise Kansans not to answer these calls, or if they do, be suspicious and do not give out any personal information."

Medical Pendant Billing LLC, doing business as US Lifecare; Arizona Medical Supply LLC, doing business as Western Medical Supply; KPM Capital LLC; KMR Medical LLC; Jody Rookstool; and Benjamin George allegedly violated state law by calling state consumers registered on the Do Not Call list and attempting to sell them medical alert devices.

Schmidt filed the lawsuit in June in Shawnee County District Court. His office recently served the final defendants with process.

The attorney general's lawsuit seeks injunctive relief, investigative fees and civil penalties.

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