Jefferson City, MO (November 3, 2014) — Attorney General Chris Koster has reached an agreement with several Springfield-based telemarketers and their owner Kim Bascom, resolving a lawsuit over Missouri No Call and Telemarketing law violations.
Last year, Koster filed a lawsuit against Branson Vacation Land, LLC, The Buzz Marketing and Communications, LLC, and their owner Kim Bascom, for placing over a quarter-million calls to Missourians on the state’s No Call list. According to Koster, Bascom and his companies together made at least 279,419 calls during a six-month period in 2012 selling Branson vacation packages.
As part of the agreement, Bascom and his companies are prohibited from making any further telemarketing calls to Missourians ever again. Should Bascom or either of his companies violate this agreement, they are subject to up to $175,000 in fines and penalties. The agreement also requires the defendants to reimburse the state for its court costs.
“Over a six month period, these companies together accounted for over 1,000 illegal telemarketing calls a day to Missourians on the no call list,” said Koster. “This agreement keeps these calls out of our state with hefty penalties for any violation.”
The Attorney General reminds Missourians that they can sign up for the No Call list online or by calling 1-866-buzzoff (1-866-289-9633). Consumers on the No Call list who receive a telemarketing call should attempt to capture as much information about the caller as possible and file a complaint right away by calling the Attorney General’s No Call Unit at 1-866-662-2551.
PRESS RELEASE SOURCE: Missouri Office of the Attorney General