DOJ Settles Lawsuit Alleging Illegal Telemarketing Practices

The offending company agrees to a $7 million penalty for selling consumer information.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) reached an agreement with Response Tree, LLC, in which the president of the company will pay a $7 million civil penalty for collecting and selling private consumer information to illegal telemarketing campaigns. 

Response Tree operated over 50 websites to collect names, addresses, contact information, and gender and age from unsuspecting consumers. Response Tree would then sell that information to telemarketers, who would then use that information to repeatedly robocall consumers without their consent.

“Response Tree fueled millions of illegal telemarketing calls by tricking consumers into turning over their personal information and selling that information to telemarketers,” said Director Samuel Levine of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection. “The FTC will continue to target every corner of the illegal telemarketing ecosystem to protect consumers and hold wrongdoers accountable.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Justice Department officials as they litigate cases on behalf of government agencies.
  • For Director Levine to be led by God as he heads the Bureau of Consumer Protection.
  • For members of the FTC as they seek to ensure companies and corporations adhere to U.S. laws and regulations.

Sources: Department of Justice


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