JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster sued two New York telemarketing companies on Thursday for allegedly making solicitation calls to Missourians who had placed their names on the state's no-call list.

Predictivedialernow Inc. and owner Karen Wright, as well as Salesdialerpro Inc.(doing business as Sales Technology LLC) and owner George Kaltner were the subject of numerous complaints filed with Koster's Consumer Protection Division. Both companies are based in Staten Island.

The defendants allegedly made solicitation calls to consumers claiming that the companies could lower their credit card interest rate or in an attempt to sell such items as health insurance and car warranties.

"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 requesting that the court stop the telemarketers from making calls to Missourians on the no-call list who have no established business relationship with the companies. He is also seeking civil penalties for violations of Missouri law in addition to prosecution and court costs.

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