TOPEKA – (July 25, 2012) – Two out-of-state construction companies have been fined a total of $50,000 for violating the Kansas No-Call Act, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.
“The privacy wishes of Kansans who register on the Do-Not Call list should be honored,” Schmidt said. “We take seriously violations of the No-Call Act and our obligation to enforce the law.”
Walley’s Heartland Construction, of Omaha, Neb., agreed to a consent judgment ordering the company to pay the state $10,000 in penalties and fees for violations of the No-Call Act. The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division began investigating the company after receiving a complaint from a Topeka homeowner in June 2011. The investigation revealed that the company had solicited by telephone more than 1,300 Kansas consumers, many of whom were on the Do-Not-Call list, following destructive storms in Northeast Kansas last summer.
The state also received a $40,000 default judgment against Countrywide Shingle and Siding, of Golden, Colo. The Consumer Protection Division received three No-Call complaints from consumers in Johnson County who were solicited by Countrywide for roof inspections in August 2011, despite being registered on the Do-Not-Call list.
Assistant Attorney General Meghan Stoppel of Schmidt’s office litigated the cases.