(1/29/14) Four companies have agreed to pay the state a total of 136-thousand dollars to settle allegations that they called people on the do-not-call list for telemarketers.
State consumer officials said today that First Midwest Mortgage Company of Madison paid 75-thousand dollars -- Universal Windows Direct of West Allis paid 30-thousand -- and Easy Mortgage of Madison paid just over 31-thousand. Officials said all three firms never registered as telemarketers as required under the no-call law. The fourth company, Creative Openings of Kaukauna, lost its state telemarketing license. Consumer officials said they were fined 45-thousand dollars last May for not registering as a telemarketer and calling over a million consumers anyway. The state said the company did not comply with the law after being told about 89 complaints over the past decade. Consumer division administrator Sandy Chalmers said those who take the time to register on the no-call list expect relief from sales pitches. She said it does good to let her agency know about violations because quote, "We are actively enforcing the law." Legislators recently voted to drop the state's list, and let people be on the national no-call list. Supporters said it would give the state an even greater ability to go after violators.