WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Nov. 8 that three Los Angeles area telemarketing companies and two executives have been permanently banned by a federal court from future telemarketing activity.

The corporate defendants in the case are KFJ Marketing LLC, Sunlight Solar Leads LLC and Go Green Education. The individual defendants are Francisco Salvat and Julio Salvat.

According to allegations, the defendants made at least 1.3 million telemarketing calls in violation of the Telemarketing Sales Rule to gather solar panel sales leads. Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald, in the Central District of California, signed the order, which bans the defendants from telemarketing and enforces a $155,000 penalty.

“Unwanted telemarketing calls invade the privacy of American consumers,” acting assistant attorney general Chad A. Readler of the Justice Department’s Civil Division said in a statement.  “The Department of Justice will continue to work with the Federal Trade Commission to ensure telemarketers adhere to laws designed to protect against abusive and deceptive telemarketing practices.”

Handling the case for the Department of Justice were trial attorneys Jacqueline Blaesi-Freed and Lisa Hsiao of the Civil Division’s consumer protection branch. Syliva Kundig of the Federal Trade Commission’s Western Region assisted in the case.

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