Man Gets Calls and Sues
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Local Man Shows How to Hit Telemarketers Where It Hurts
Telemarketers ignoring the "do not call" registry should think twice before calling Andre Lamme's house in Sacramento.
Fed up with repeated calls from stubborn telemarketers, Lamme resorted to a little-known federal law allowing consumers to sue violators in small claims court.
So far, Lamme's lawsuits have netted more than $13,000. Lamme said he's not in it for the money, most of which he donates to charity.
"I have no problem with telemarketers in general," Lamme told News10. "It's the ones that won't take 'no' for an answer."
Federal law allows consumers to collect $500 per unauthorized phone call after they've instructed the telemarketer to stop calling and have requested a written copy of the company's "do not call" policy.
Lamme said the key to collecting is to keep an accurate log. He offers detailed instructions and tools on a Web site he created.
In the first two months, more than a quarter-million people visited Killthecalls.com.
Lamme believes the interest in the site shows how fed up Americans are with telemarketers who break the law.
(This story was provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)