TRA Imposes Fine For Violations of Do Not Call Law

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 | 2:19pm

Nashville, Tennessee – In 2015, the Tennessee Regulatory Authority (TRA) along with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and nine other states filed a complaint against Caribbean Cruise Line, Inc. for violating the Tennessee and federal Do Not Call Telemarketing laws and has issued a fine in the amount of $500,000. Both telemarketing laws were established to prohibit unwanted telephone solicitation calls to consumers.

Recently, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida approved an Order for Permanent Injunction and Civil Penalty Judgement against Caribbean Cruise Line, Inc. It required the company pay a civil penalty of $500,000, of which, Tennessee received $26,213.18 representing affected Tennesseans.

“The consumer protections established in state law is designed to give consumers relief from unsolicited telephone calls,” said TRA Chairman Herb Hilliard. “I applaud our team of investigators for their dedication and vigilance in enforcing the state’s laws and for working towards weeding out those who deliberately break the law.”

“As a co-sponsor of the original enabling legislation, it pleases me to see the TRA proactively pursuing these bad actors. Protecting the consumers of Tennessee has and will continue to be a priority for me,” said State Representative Curry Todd of Collierville.

The mission of the TRA is to promote the public interest by balancing the interests of utility consumers and providers. For more information about the TRA, visit www.tn.gov/tra, and for more information about the Tennessee Do-Not-Call program visit Tennessee Do Not Call Program.

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Contact:  Chairman Herb Hilliard (615) 741-3668 ---- Greg Mitchell, Media (615)770-6883

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