According to a press release from Paxton, over the past two years, Spiller and Mears initiated billions of robocalls through the two companies named in the lawsuit. The calls, made to both residential and cellular phone lines, immediately confront consumers with pre-recorded messages pitching healthcare products or automobile extended warranties. Millions of calls reached consumers who have placed their phone numbers on their state and/or national do-not-call registries. Spiller and Mears are also accused of trying to hide their identity and falsifying – or spoofing - caller ID information to make recipients believe the calls are coming from someone they may know.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai welcomed the lawsuit and request for injunction filed by seven state attorneys general in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Following this morning’s Commission vote to propose a $225 million fine against Rising Eagle for apparently illegal spoofed robocalls—the largest proposed fine in FCC history—the attorneys general of Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas filed suit against the same party. The Chairman issued the following statement:
“Spoofed robocalls are a major problem for consumers across the country. I’m grateful to have partners like these state attorneys general as we fight on behalf of American consumers. We are making it clear that scamming consumers and—as we saw in this case—tricking them into buying products under false pretenses cannot and will not go unchecked. That is why the FCC and state officials are standing together and taking strong action to protect the American public from the scourge of spoofed robocalls.”
Paxton’s office is reaching out to Texans who have encountered deceptive trade practices, scams or illegal telemarketing practices. The Office of the Attorney General’s toll-free complaint line is (800) 621-0508. The victims can also file a complaint online.
Click here to view the official filing.