A group alleged to have collected thousands of dollars from consumers in and outside Tennessee through deceptive telemarketing practices has been temporarily ordered to stop its alleged deceptive business practices by federal court order. The Court in Greeneville granted the Attorney General's request on behalf of Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) Consumer Affairs Division of Consumer Affairs Director Gary Cordell to place the defendants under a temporary restraining order (TRO) and place all assets under State receivership. After considering the State's evidence presented during a Feb. 23 preliminary injunction hearing, the Court has extended the TRO until further notice.
The State's investigation focused on consumer complaints of telemarketers running alleged boiler room-style operations in East Tennessee. Those sued by the State included Mountain Area Communications, LLC and American Publisher's Service, LLC, and their owners and operators Shawna R. McDonald, Eric N. McDonald, and Zack Haverland, all of Morristown, Tennessee. The State also named G.H. "Mack" McDonald, Nancy Juniper and Christopher M. McDonald as relief defendants, in order to protect assets for possible distribution as restitution.
For more information, see the documents filed with the court at http://www.tn.gov/attorneygeneral/cases/mtnarea/mtnarea.html.