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Koster sues company for no-call violations

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has sued St. Augustine, Fla.-based Newspaper Sales Inc. for allegedly making telephone calls to names on the state's no-call list.

In a news release, Koster said the suit was filed after several complaints were filed to the no-call division of his office.

The suit alleges calls were made to consumers soliciting newspaper subscriptions for newspapers in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Koster claims the company violated the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act and the Telemarketing No-Call List Act.

“When Missourians register with our no-call list, they do so with the reasonable expectation that they will not receive these unsolicited, harassing calls,” Koster said in the release. "These businesses are aware of our no-call laws, and they are realizing that this office will enforce those laws.”

According to the release, Koster is asking the court to prohibit the defendant from making calls to people on the no-call list who do not have an established business relationship with the company, and he is seeking a $5,000 civil penalty for each violation of Missouri law, as well as reimbursement for investigation, prosecution and court costs.

Missourians can sign up for the no-call list by calling (866) 289-9633 or by visiting Koster's Web site.
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