- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A pair of telemarketing firms that repeatedly violated Missouri’s no-call law have agreed to a permanent ban on calling any Missourians.

Attorney General Chris Koster announced results of a lawsuit against the firms on Friday.

The lawsuit named Kim Bascom and his two Springfield-based companies, Branson Vacation Land and The Buzz Marketing and Communications.

Koster said they made nearly 280,000 calls to Missourians on the no-call list over a six-month period in 2012, selling Branson vacation packages.

The consent judgment bars Bascom and his companies from calling any Missouri numbers, even those not on the list. Violations could result in fines and penalties of up to $175,000.

The companies also must pay for the state’s court costs.

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