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Four companies reach settlements for violating state No-Call List


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) - State officials have reached settlements with a group of Wisconsin companies for violating the state's no-call list.

Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection Consumer division administrator Sandy Chalmers says three companies will pay 136-thousand dollars in fees. "A fourth company had violated and paid an assessment once, and continued to violate the law, so we denied its application to telemarket in the state."

First Midwest Mortgage Company of Madison is paying $75,000, Universal Windows Direct of West Allis was fined $30,000, and Easy Mortgage of Madison was fined just over $31,000. Creative Openings of Kaukauna was fined $45,000 last year for not registering as a telemarketer and calling over a million consumers anyway.

Chalmers says people who sign up for the no-call list should expect relief from telemarketers and robocalls. But many of those calls come from outside the state and Chalmers says they're teaming up with federal officials to hunt those companies down. "These for the most part are calls that are coming in from around the world. And it's very difficult for a state level agency to take enforcement action against a company that might be in India or Russia or somewhere like that."

Chalmers says the four cases announced should give residents assurances that the state is working hard to prevent harassing sales calls and that if people are violating those rules, to let DATCP know. "We are actively enforcing the law."