District Court approves order permanently banning defendants from making robocalls
On October 21, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida issued an order approving a permanent injunction and $6.4 million civil money penalty against the remaining participants in a cruise line telemarketing operation allegedly aimed at marketing free cruise packages to consumers. In January, the FTC filed a complaint against the defendants (two individuals and five companies they controlled, including the cruise line) for their alleged involvement in the telemarketing operation. As previously covered by InfoBytes, the complaint asserted violations of the FTC Act and the Telemarketing Sales Rule. The same day the complaint was filed, the FTC announced that it had entered into two settlement agreements—one with a call center and two individuals, and one with an additional individual—for their roles in the telemarketing operation. The court’s October order follows a recent FTC announcement (covered by InfoBytes here), indicating it had reached an agreement with the defendants who neither admitted nor denied the allegations. The court’s order requires the individual defendants to cooperate with any future FTC investigations and to disclose “the contents of their auto-dialed, telemarketing, or pre-recorded telephone communications and records or other information pertaining to [the] autodialed, telemarketing, or pre-recorded telephone communications.” The order also suspends the $6.4 million civil money penalty after the two individual defendants each pay $50,000 to the Treasury Department.