The Federal Trade Commission barred two travel-services companies and their owner from making telemarketing calls to numbers listed on the national do-not-call registry unless they have express written authorization or an established business relationship, the agency said Friday.
The FTC alleges that Cutting Edge Travel LLC, Cutting Edge Marketing LLC and Jeffrey Cope called hundreds of thousands of telephone numbers on the DNC registry, selling vacation packages and other travel services. Cope owns both companies, located in Tempe, AZ. Cutting Edge Travel is the telemarketing arm of Cutting Edge Marketing.
The settlement also contains a suspended judgment of $345,000. Based on the defendants' ability to pay, the adjusted amount is $5,000, though it could change if the defendants are found to have misrepresented their financial status.
The Department of Justice filed the complaint and proposed judgment at the FTC's request in U.S. District Court for the district of Arizona. The proposed judgment is subject to court approval.
The FTC said more than 105 million numbers are on the DNC registry.