Shelter Insurance sued over automatic phone calls

Ann Knef Sep. 12, 2007, 6:14am

A Missouri business is suing Shelter Mutual Insurance Co. for violating a federal statute which restricts automatically generated phone calls.

Proquest Technologies, which provides various services to real estate agents, claims Shelter violated 47 U.S.C.A. Section 227(b)(1)(A)(iii) which makes it unlawful for a person "to make any call...using an automatic telephone dialing system or an artificial or pre-recorded any telephone number assigned to...any service for which the called party is charged for the call," the complaint states.

According to the suit filed Sept. 6 in St. Clair County Circuit Court, Shelter at different times "made phone calls to plaintiff using an automatice telephone dialing system."

Represented by Turner A. Rouse of Belleville, Proquest Technologies is seeking in excess of $75,000.

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