Attorney General Hardy Myers today filed court actions against
eight violators of the "No Call List" law in Multnomah, Yamhill, Benton
and Marion counties. Ranging from insurance companies to sellers of
adjustable beds, the companies called subscribers on the Oregon "No Call
List," which has been illegal with few exemptions since the law went
into effect in January 2000. The law limits "cold calls" by
telemarketers to solicit sales.
"Oregon has developed a no-nonsense reputation when it comes to
prosecuting violators of the "No Call" law," Myers said. "We now have
more than 54,000 Oregon subscribers and 884 telemarketers receiving the
lists. Our citizens likes this law and our office intends to vigilantly
make it work for them."
Named in Assurances of Voluntary Compliance are:
- Bankers Life and Casualty Company, Chicago, Illinois, insurance
- First Fidelity Lending Corporation, Portland, property financing
- First Security Trust Services and Robert Barrere, a trustee, Carlsbad, California, financial services
- Krane Products of South Florida, Inc., Boca Raton, Florida,
- Lobkov, Yevgenty, (dba E.N.L. Kirby), Portland, vacuum cleaners
- Success Marketing, Inc. (dba Craftmatic), Aurora, Colorado, adjustable, electronic beds.
- Telemarketing Results, Inc., Mound, Minnesota, buying and selling telemarketing leads
- Vlastos, Richard T. (dba Richard's Kirby), McMinnville, household cleaning products
All eight companies agreed to not violate the state Unlawful Trade
Practices Act and the "No Call List" law and paid a total of $31,000 to
the consumer protection and education fund.
Several companies had signed earlier assurances with the Department
of Justice including Craftmatic Adjustable Beds and Krane Products.
Richard's Kirby agrees to no longer telemarket and First Security Trust
is out of business.
An additional Assurance was filed today against Stardust Credit
Corporation of Fullerton, California that does business as Castleview
Home Loans, a mortgage and credit lending institution. Stardust Credit
officials had signed an earlier Assurance with Justice concerning "No
Call" List violations and had established a functioning compliance
Subsequent to the agreement, the company violated the "do not call
back" section of the consumer protection laws when a solicitor for the
company called a consumer who had already told them not to call. The
company left a solicitation on the message machine and the consumer had
to call a second time, telling them not to call their home. Under the
agreement, the company is prohibited from leaving solicitations on
answering machines of Oregon consumers.
Oregonians wanting to register their residential telephone numbers on
the List may call the List Administrator, Oregon No Call, and ask to
have a registration form mailed to their home. Consumers and
telemarketers may register online at www.ornocall.com.
Consumers wanting information on the "No Call" List law or other
consumer issues may call the Attorney General's consumer hotline at
(503) 378-4320 (Salem area only), (503) 229-5576 (Portland area only) or
toll-free at 1-877-877-9392. The Department of Justice is online at www.doj.state.or.us.
Jan Margosian, (503) 947-4333 (media line only)