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Florida marketer fined $85,000 by PSC

MBJ staff

The Mississippi Public Service Commission has imposed civil penalties totaling $85,000 against L & J Bay Area Holding of Temple Terrace, Fla. and Edward L. Dement for alleged violations of the state’s No-Call law. The defendants were alleged to have violated the law on at least 17 occasions.

In complaints received by the commission, the company was accused of making unauthorized telephone solicitations in violation of law. They also allegedly failed to register with the PSC as telephone solicitors and failed to purchase the Mississippi Do Not Call List. When served by the PSC, the defendants did not respond to the complaints, bringing the imposition of civil penalties by default.

The firm declined to comment to the Mississippi Business Journal about the allegations.

Mississippians who wish to add their home telephone number to the No Call list should contact the PSC at (800) 356-6428 or online at www. psc.state.ms.us/nocall.

The West Florida Better Business Bureau says on its website that has received a pattern of complaints alleging that the business repeatedly is telemarketing consumers, regardless of whether the consumers are registered to the National Do Not Call Registry or have asked the business to stop calling.

As of this date the business has not replied to the BBB’s request for information.



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