Kris Mayes "AG" announced Tuesday she is suing a telecommunications company and its owner for allegedly initiating and facilitating 7.5 billion robocalls to millions of people on the Do Not Call Registry.
Nearly 196,658,000 million of those calls were made between December 2018 and January 2023 to Arizona phone numbers, according to a press release.
The legal action emerges from the nationwide Anti-Robocall Multistate Litigation Task Force of 51 bipartisan attorneys general from around the U.S. The task force is investigating and taking legal action against those responsible for routing significant volumes of illegal robocall traffic into and across the country
The Federal Trade Commission and the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General provided investigative assistance.
The lawsuit alleges Michael D. Lansky, LLC, which does business under Avid Telecom, its owner Michael Lansky and its vice president Stacey S. Reeves violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Telemarking Sales Rule and other federal and state telemarking and consumer laws.
Avid Telecom is a Voice over Internet Protocol service provider that sells data, phone numbers dialing software, and/or expertise to help its customers make mass robocalls.
The suit claims Avid Telecom used spoofed or invalid caller ID numbers, including more than 8.4 million calls that appeared to come from government, law enforcement agencies and private companies.