Jefferson City, Mo., October 25, 2009 – On Oct. 19 Attorney General Chris Koster filed suit to stop two Florida telemarketing companies from making solicitation calls to Missourians who had previously placed their names on the state’s no-call list.
Koster’s suit is against Summer Bay Sales & Marketing of Clearmont, Florida, and Tele Secure International of Pompano Beach, Florida. Koster said the defendants made repetitive and harassing calls to consumers telling them they won a free trip and soliciting vacation travel packages.
Clermont, Fla.-based Summer Bay is owned by Joe H. Scott Sr., one of Missouri’s wealthiest developers and a defendant in the suit.
(Although Summer Bay is based in Florida, the firm’s logo is visible on a building at 100 North Tucker, where it keeps an office.)
The suit says Scott is a Florida resident, but he also lives on a 8,000-acre spread in and around Ste. Genevieve County’s wine country. He owns Creve Coeur-based Scott Properties, which owns and manages 2 million square feet of commercial real estate; as well as Ste. Genevieve County’s Crown Valley Winery; an affiliated brewery and distillery; a tiger sanctuary and a nearby golf course.
“Missouri’s no-call law is clear, and businesses need to know we will stop them if they ignore the law,” Koster said in the press release. “The Attorney General’s office will continue to aggressively pursue and prosecute these telemarketers who ignore the law and continue to make prohibited calls.”
Koster said the suit seeks to stop the telemarketers from making calls to Missourians on the no-call list who have no established business relationship with the companies. In addition, he said he is seeking civil penalties for the violations of Missouri law, in addition to the costs of the investigation and prosecution, and all court costs.
Koster reminds Missourians they can sign up for the Do-Not-Call hotline on his website at www.ago.mo.gov or by calling 1-866-buzzoff (1-866-289-9633). He encourages consumers who receive harassing solicitation calls to file a complaint at 1-866-662-2551.