Attorney General Files Suits Against Designer, Telemarketer

Chris Koster, Missouri attorney general | Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Chris Koster | Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced Thursday that his office filed separate lawsuits against a St. Louis-area web designer and a California telemarketer.

Stadia Studio, LLC and Michael Allton of St. Charles County allegedly recruited clients, often through Craigslist, for website service, according to the attorney general’s office. The clients were required to put down an “initial retainer,” which was 50 percent of the total contract price. The lawsuit alleges that Stadia Studio cheated 11 consumers out of approximately $12,000 because it failed to complete the contracted service and stopped communicating after the consumers requested refunds.

According to the consumer complaint database, there were nine complaints filed against Stadia Studio between Feb. 1, 2011 and Nov. 2, 2012. None of the complaints have been recorded as successfully resolved.

Koster is seeking full restitution for consumers and is asking the Court to impose fines for making false promises and misrepresentation, according to a release. He is also asking for an order to prevent Allton from advertising or engaging in website design or development services in Missouri.

Michael Allton is currently operating Social Media Hat, which he failed to register as a business in compliance with Missouri law, according to Koster. Social Media Hat is offering similar services to what Stadia Studio was.

Koster also filed against Timeshare Relief Inc., based in California, and its owner, David MacMillan. Koster said the company violated Missouri’s No Call laws numerous times by making hundreds of automated calls to Missouri residents on the No Call List, according to a release.

The attorney general’s office said it received more than 100 complaints from Missouri consumers.  According to the consumer complaint database, there was a complaint filed more than two years ago against Timeshare Relief, and that was not successfully resolved.

The lawsuit is seeking penalties of up to $5,000 per violation of the no call law, and up to $1,000 per violation of the telemarketing laws as well as recovery costs of the investigation and prosecution of the case.

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