WHY DO TELEMARKETERS CONTINUE TO CALL EVEN WHEN MOST PEOPLE DO NOT WANT THEM TO CALL? ANSWER (BECAUSE IT IS PROFITABLE!) THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOU THEY ONLY NEED A SMALL SUCKER LIST!
P.S. THESE FIRMS ONLY HIRE STUPID PEOPLE WHO GET PAID ON COMMISSION ONLY (NO SALE NO $$$$) SO WASTE THERE TIME AS MUCH AS YOU CAN....
THE OWNERS PROMISE THESE STUPID PEOPLE THAT THEY WILL MAKE A LOT OF $$$$ AND THIS NEVER HAPPENS! (ONLY THE OWNERS MAKE $$$ OFF OF YOUR WORK!) STOP DRINKING AND GET A REAL JOB!
YOU CAN FILE WHERE YOU LIVE BECAUSE THEY ARE DOING BUSINESS WHERE YOU LIVE!
As I have not had a chance to fully compile the list of every Small Claims Court in the United States yet, please visit this list until such time. If and when I get my list fully compiled, I shall be including a lot of extra data such as links to the applicable court rules and which courts allow the filing of claims online as mine does.
Suing Telemarketers - Simple and Cheap
When most people think about the process of suing a business entity, they naturally consider it a complicated and expensive process. They consider having to find an attorney who specializes in the particular area of law, the costs for such and weigh it against the potential gain. Forget all that when it comes to suing telemarketers!
For those individuals like me who have successfully prosecuted cases against telemarketing firms, there is little need for an attorney. (A cover-my-posterior caveat: I am not an attorney, so I cannot legally advise you. Whenever you are considering legal action, it is always advisable that you consult an attorney. Personally, I have never needed one when filing claims against telemarketers, but you may wish to consider doing so.) The key is that the best venue for filing suit against a telemarketer is in your local Small Claims Court. The only fees you must pay are the filing fees (varies upon venue and amount, but generally is somewhere around $50) and the fee to perform service of process (anywhere from $10 to $100 depending upon whether or not you have the court serve the telemarketer via certified mail or you have a law enforcement officer or other process server handle such). When the potential gain is thousands of dollars, what is a hundred bucks?
I have personally filed four claims in Small Claims Court against telemarketers. I have been paid on three of them (the fourth was against SBC and they gave me such a runaround on the process serving - BUT they stopped calling) that I let that one slide. Of the three cases where I was paid, the following were the results:
1. Filed a claim against a telemarketing firm based in Florida (Health Benefits Direct) for $1500. This amount was based upon two calls made after I told them to stop calling and their failure to provide me with a copy of their Do Not Call Policy. I settled out of court for $600.00 prior to the trial date.(Initial Cost to me: $55)
2. Filed a claim against a mortgage brokerage firm in southern California (due to settlement agreement, I cannot reveal their name) for $4500. This amount was based upon seven calls made after I told them to stop calling and their failure to provide me with a copy of their Do Not Call Policy and their failure to maintain a Do Not Call List. I settled out of court for $2000.00 prior to the trial date. (Initial Cost to me: $80)
3. Filed a claim against a mortgage brokerage firm in southern California (Country Club Mortgage) for $3500. This amount was based upon five calls made after I told them to stop calling and their failure to provide me with a copy of their Do Not Call Policy and their failure to maintain a Do Not Call List. I received a judgment for the full amount of $3500, plus $60 in court costs. (Initial Cost to me: $60)