Two major phone companies have agreed to stop pitching their products to Missourians on the state’s No Call list. Phone companies are not covered by the State’s No Call law, which created a list of Missourians not to be bothered by telemarketers. But the phone companies are covered by the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which prohibits companies from making repeat calls to consumers who specifically ask not to be called. Attorney General Jay Nixon has used the federal law to go after several phone companies. AT&T and MCI have now agreed to abide by the No Call law. Nixon says the number of complaints against these phone companies is unbelievably high. A deal with Sprint Communications, which was not named in the lawsuits, was reached last September. A lawsuit against Southwestern Bell is pending in federal court.
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