|Jefferson City— A Florida vacation company won’t be making any more telemarketing calls to Missourians under an agreement with Attorney General Jay Nixon. Family Trip Travel.Com, which sells Florida vacation packages, will be permanently barred from making telephone solicitations into Missouri and also must pay $7,500 for violating the Missouri No Call law.
Nixon sued the Margate, Fla., business and its owner, Brian W. Kelly, in July for calling nearly 100 Missourians whose telephone numbers are on the Missouri No Call list. The lawsuit was filed in Boone County Circuit Court.
Judge Ellen S. Roper issued a temporary restraining order in July prohibiting the defendants from making telemarketing calls into Missouri. Both Family Trip Travel.Com and Kelly consented today to making the injunction against them permanent, meaning they can never again make telemarketing calls into Missouri.
“Telemarketers who believe they can get around Missouri’s No Call law are dead wrong,” Nixon says. “As this permanent ban shows, we will be as aggressive as ever in going after violators of our state No Call law.”
Nixon says his office also received complaints that telemarketers from Family Trip Travel.Com also told Missourians that the telemarketers did not have to abide by the Missouri No Call law because the state law was pre-empted by the federal Do Not Call law.
“Missouri continues to have one of the toughest No Call programs in the country,” Nixon says. “Even when or if the federal Do Not Call program takes effect, we are going to continue to protect members of the Missouri No Call team from unwanted telemarketing calls.”
Nixon’s office now has collected $1,083,000 since July 2001 from telemarketers who have violated the No Call law. More than 1,242,000 Missouri residential telephone numbers are on the state No Call list.
The next deadline for registering for the Missouri No Call list is Nov. 1. Registration is quick, simple and free. To register, click here.