July 29, 2005
CURRAN SETTLES WITH WINDOW CONTRACTOR CHARGED WITH
MAKING ILLEGAL TELEMARKETING CALLS
J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that his Consumer Protection
Division settled charges filed against a Linthicum-based
window contractor. In May 2005, the Consumer Protection Division
charged Chesapeake Window & Building, Inc., 700 B West Nursery
Road, Linthicum, MD, with making illegal telemarketing calls when
it is alleged to have contacted Maryland consumers who had registered
their phone numbers with the national do-not-call registry. Since
June 2003, consumers have had the ability to register their phone
numbers on the national do-not-call registry if they do not want
to receive telemarketing calls from businesses with whom they have
had no prior relationship.
Under the settlement, Chesapeake Window agreed to purchase, maintain
and update a database containing the phone numbers of consumers
who had registered their phone numbers with the do-not-call registry.
Chesapeake Window also agreed to ensure that its employees do not
violate the national do-not-call rules and not to use any third-party
telemarketers unless they too follow the national do-not-call rules.
Chesapeake Window also agreed to pay the Division $5,000 for its
costs and a $25,000 civil penalty.
"We are pleased that Chesapeake Window has agreed to stop
calling consumers who do not want to receive telemarketing calls," said
Curran. "I would encourage Marylanders who do not want to
receive telemarketing calls to register their number on the do-not-call
Consumers who wish to register with the national do-not-call registry
or report other businesses that are making illegal telemarketing
calls can contact the Federal Trade Commission at 1-888-382-1222.