SALT LAKE CITY (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade
Commission has announced a federal court jury in Utah has delivered a verdict in
its favor against multiple firms that allegedly violated the FTC’s
Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR).
The FTC alleged Forrest S. Baker III and three Utah
firms he controls violated the TSR and the FTC Act by making more than 117
million illegal calls to consumers. The companies involved are Feature Films
for Families Inc., Corporations for Character L.C. and Family Films of Utah.
Baker purportedly deceived consumers about how the proceeds gained from their
purchases would be used.
Baker’s alleged scheme involved offering DVDs to consumers
under the pretense that the proceeds would go toward developing a recommended
viewing list of the nonprofit Coalition for Quality Children’s Media. The FTC alleged, however, that 93 percent of all proceeds stayed with Feature Films for
Family, one of Baker’s companies.
Additional evidence the FTC obtained allegedly showed that
in 2009, Feature Films for Families called consumers and asked them to purchase
tickets to “The Velveteen Rabbit,” a film produced by Baker. The
telemarketers called more than 2.5 million consumers on the Do Not Call
The jury verdict against Baker and his companies covered six
different TSR violations.