TOPEKA – (May 2, 2014) – A California home security and marketing company has been ordered to pay a $10,000 penalty for violating the Kansas No-Call Act, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.
Outreach Marketing Group, Direct Source Media and Secure 1, Inc., were ordered to pay the fine in a consent judgment approved this week by Shawnee County District Judge Larry Hendricks. In addition, Hendricks ordered the company to refrain from further violations of the No-Call Act.
“Consumers who have chosen to register their phone numbers on the Do-Not-Call list have an expectation that they will no longer receive these calls,” Schmidt said. “Our office will continue to enforce the law against those who choose to violate consumers’ privacy.”
The attorney general’s office received three complaints from Johnson County residents in 2012 and 2013 alleging the company called them to sell home security systems or security monitoring systems. The consumers’ phone numbers were registered on the Do-Not-Call list.
The case was investigated by the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division. Assistant Attorney General Meghan Stoppel of Schmidt’s office litigated the case.
Earlier this year, Schmidt proposed a new law, which will give the attorney general additional authority to enforce violations of the No-Call Act when telemarketers call consumers’ cell phones. That law was passed unanimously by the Kansas Legislature and signed by the governor. The law takes effect July 1.