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Arkansas wins judgment in 'robocall' suit

By ArkansasOnline

This article was published December 27, 2013 at 10:36 a.m.

A federal judge has ruled in Arkansas' favor in a lawsuit over violations of telemarketing laws, one of five "robocall" suits Attorney General Dustin McDaniel filed last year.

U.S. District Judge Brian Miller issued a default judgment ordering Associated Accounting Specialists Inc. of Port St. Lucie, Fla., to pay $90,000 in penalties for violations of state and federal telemarketing laws, McDaniel said in a statement Friday. The company was also ordered to pay $4,500 in attorneys fees and costs, and $998 in restitution.

The state's lawsuit alleged that the company made automated telephone calls, or "robocalls," to deceptively advertise interest-rate reductions on credit cards but never provided the relief. Each of the five lawsuits filed in 2012 allege that separate Florida-based businesses were violating the law by making auto-dialed solicitations to Arkansas consumers on the national Do Not Call registry, in efforts to sell them credit-card interest-rate-reduction services that consumers complained were a ripoff.

“This is the latest in judgments against companies that engaged in annoying telemarketing tactics while misleading Arkansans consumers into believing they could help lower credit-card interest,” McDaniel said. “We heard from countless consumers who were frustrated by these types of calls, and we are glad to be able to take action on behalf of Arkansans to stop these illegal practices.”

The judgment also prohibited Associated Accounting Specialists and its owner, Jason Page, from placing unsolicited calls to U.S. consumers and from operating any business that purports to offer credit-card interest rate or debt relief, McDaniel said.

Earlier this month, Arkansas won a default judgment against Financial Ladder Inc. of St. Cloud, Fla.; two of the suits are still pending.

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Popsmith says... December 27, 2013 at 11:35 a.m.

Hang the bastards!

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HOTDEMN says... December 27, 2013 at 12:20 p.m.

I'd like to see some action against internet spammers and scammers. And speaking of telemarketing ripoffs there are internet ripoffs advertising right on this website. In fact there are ten scammers advertising on the page I'm on now as I write this.

"SECRET SNORING SOLUTION", "IRS COMMUTES IN A PLANE", MAKE HOLIDAYS DEBT FREE", CLEVER JOINT SOLUTION", "SWEET KIEBLER", FEMA FEARS THIS.....", "KILLER PET DANGERS", NEW EXTREME SKINNY PILL ?", "$4.95 COMPLETE ADVANTAGE", "MAKE $1,000 DOLLARS A DAY ?".

All Snake Oil at it's finest. All linking to scams that rip off consumers. All advertising on this site.....................

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JIMBOB47 says... December 27, 2013 at 1:45 p.m.

So... IF they actually pay, what does McDaniel do with the money? If he 'sued' for us, the consumer, shouldn't we get a piece of the pie? He can keep the 'attorney fees'..

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TheBatt says... December 27, 2013 at 2:13 p.m.

I appreciate the effort- I have received many many of the calls from this scam operator. When you tell them you are on the do not call list they laugh or even cuss you, calling you and everyone in your family tree and law enforcement every expletive known to man. All for a massive scam to get your credit card numbers.

Why can these people not actually serve time for their CRIMES?

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Morgancub says... December 27, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.

There was an article last year about the govt couldn't catch these robo bandits and offered $50k reward for anyone that could !!! How about the NSA ??? With all of their power and diligence there shouldn't be any robo calls or identity theft.. But that would be unrealistic !! Robo calls are illegal, but they are business !! And business wins again !!!

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djigoo says... December 27, 2013 at 5:10 p.m.

Once again, our tyrannical Fed is standing in the way of free, unfettered commerce.

When will American business be allowed to grow without all these artificial Soviet-style prohibitions?

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JessePinkman says... December 27, 2013 at 8:30 p.m.

As long as ole Dusty's name is in the newspaper he is happy. I saw where he now is opening an inquiry into Target. I guess there are 49 other states that need to do the same, because if one state AG does not trust the feds neither should the other 49. Maybe ole Dusty can join Jesse Jacksoninprison and try and shake down A&E next.

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IAmTheOnlyPegasus says... December 28, 2013 at 8:03 a.m.

The worst thing about this is that I am (1) on the Federal Do-Not-Call list, (B) have NO landline, (C) have a Google Voice number (NOT on the Do-Not-Call list and set up just to catch spammers/scammers so that I do not have to be bothered by them - it is currently set up as "Do Not Disturb" until sometime in June 2016), (D) have a cell phone for my personal use, (E) can only conduct financial affairs in writing (all companies that I deal with have this information in writing) and (F) STILL get robocall as well as other spammer/scammer calls. So, when I get robocalls on my cell phone, the company making those calls are violating the robocall law, the do not make sales calls to cell phones laws (an attorney that successfully prosecuted a debt collector harassment suit for me clued me in on the fact that businesses are not allowed to call you on the cell phone unless you have explicitly told them that they can contact you on your cell phone - I had explicitly told the parties involved NOT to contact me on my cell phone) and the Americans with Disabilities Act by contacting me in a way that makes it so that I cannot make a legal contract (any contracts with me must be in writing as must all negotiations) and are violating the "do not call people who are on the Federal Do-Not-Call list" law. So, every time they call me, they are violating FOUR laws for which I could sue them IF they did not spoof their phone numbers making it almost impossible to find them.

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