Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Missouri company to pay $10,000 fine for violating No-Call Act

TOPEKA, KAN. – A Missouri lawn service company will pay a $10,000 fine for violating the Kansas No-Call Act, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

Pro Turf Lawn Service, Inc., Belton, Mo., agreed to a consent judgment ordering it to pay $10,000 in civil penalties and fees.

Beginning in October 2012, the Kansas Attorney General’s Office received complaints from four residents of Johnson County that the company called them to solicit the sale of lawn and landscaping products and services, although the consumers were on the Do Not Call list.

“Companies doing business in Kansas must respect Kansas laws,” Schmidt said. “Consumers who have taken the time to register their phone numbers on the Do Not Call list have an expectation that their privacy will be respected.”

In addition to the fine, the company was ordered to refrain from further violations of the Kansas No-Call Act. Judge Rebecca Crotty approved the judgment last week in Shawnee County District Court.

So far this year, the Attorney General’s Office has obtained judgments against 13 businesses for violations of the No-Call Act. These companies have been ordered to pay a total of more than $1.7 million in penalties and fees.

Kansans who wish to register for the national Do-Not-Call list can call 1-888-382-1222 or visit www.donotcall.gov. To report an alleged violation of the No-Call Act, visit the Attorney General’s consumer protection website at www.InYourCornerKansas.org.