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AG Schmidt: Wichita company fined for No-Call Act violations

TOPEKA – (October 14, 2013) – A Wichita company will pay $10,000 in penalties and fees for violating the No-Call Act, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.

Moore Water Treatment LLC, doing business as EcoWater Systems of Wichita, agreed to a consent judgment ordering them to pay $10,000 in investigative fees and civil penalties. The judgment was approved by Judge Rebecca Crotty in Shawnee County District Court. In addition, Moore Water was enjoined from further violations of the No-Call Act.

“We continue to vigorously pursue violations of the Kansas No-Call Act,” Schmidt said. “Kansans who have signed up for the Do-Not-Call list have an expectation that their privacy be respected. We will enforce the law against those who violate it.”

The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division began investigating Moore Water in 2012 after receiving a complaint from a Wichita consumer who was on the Do-Not-Call list. In total, three consumers filed complaints with the Attorney General’s Office against the company, while another 17 complaints were filed with the Federal Trade Commission. The complaints alleged that Moore Water was calling consumers for the purposes of conducting water quality surveys and soliciting the sale of its water filtration products and services.

So far this year, the Attorney General’s Office has obtained judgments against 12 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 website at www.ag.ks.gov.