No Call Law Violations Cost Three Telemarketers More Than $10,000

- Next deadline for No Call List registration is Dec. 31

(Boise) - Three companies engaging in telemarketing in Idaho will pay $10,500 for violating Idaho's No Call Law, Attorney General Al Lance said. The latest action by Lance's Consumer Protection Unit brings the total of enforcement actions $39,000 from 11 companies since the No Call List took effect in May.

Lance said legal settlements have resolved allegations that AT&T, Discover Card and Olympic Auto Glass engaged in unlawful telephone solicitations to Idaho citizens registered on the Attorney General's No Call List. The settlements have been filed in Fourth District Court in Ada County.

"The vast majority of telemarketers appear to be doing their level best to comply with Idaho's No Call Law," Attorney General Lance said. "However, the industry has been warned repeatedly that enforcement of this law will be aggressive. It is disappointing that enforcement action was necessary against household name companies such as AT&T and Discover. One would have expected them to respect our law and our citizens' privacy."

Consumers registered on the Attorney General's No Call List filed 24 complaints against long distance company AT&T. The company guaranteed that it will not violate the Idaho No Call Law in the future and paid $2,500 to cover the state's expenses, costs, and fees. AT&T is a New York corporation based in New Jersey.

The Attorney General received 22 complaints of No Call Law violations against Discover Card. The company also guaranteed that it will not violate the Idaho No Call Law in the future and paid $4,000 for the violations. Discover Financial Services, Inc. is based in Riverwoods, Illinois.

Olympic Auto Glass signed an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance for Idaho No Call Law violations and for violations of the Consumer Protection Rules and paid $4,000 to the state. Olympic Auto Glass is a Spokane, Washington business.

In September, Lance's office recovered $28,000 from 8 companies for violating the Idaho No Call Law.

Lance also reminded Idahoans that the registration deadline for the next No Call List is 11:59 PM on December 31, 2001.

Idahoans who wish to register via the Internet may do so at www.state.id.us/ag, the Attorney General's web page. Online registration will accept either Visa or MasterCard credit cards.

Consumers may also call Lance's Consumer Protection Unit to obtain a mail-in registration form. The telephone numbers are 334-2424 in the Boise toll-free calling area or 1-800-432-3545 from all other Idaho locations. No Call List registration is not available by telephone.

The next list will be published on January 2, 2002. Telemarketers may not call persons on the January list after February 1, 2002. Registrations completed on or after January 1, 2002 will be included on the fifth list to be published on April 1, 2002.