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Judge Orders 3 Utah Telemarketing Companies To Pay $500K

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Three Utah telemarketing companies and their owner have been ordered to pay approximately $500,000 for dialing phone numbers on the Do Not Call Registry nearly 100 million times and making more than 4 million additional calls that included misleading statements to induce the sale of DVDs.

U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby imposed the penalty Friday and also entered a permanent injunction that prohibits Forrest S. Baker III and his companies — Feature Films for Families Inc., Corporations for Character L.C. and Family Films of Utah Inc. — from engaging in deceptive and abusive telemarketing practices.

The judge's order stems from a complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice at the request of the Federal Trade Commission.

The complaint went to trial in Salt Lake City's federal court in May 2016.