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June 23, 2009

LITTLE ROCK- Today, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced that his office has filed two more lawsuits in federal court against companies that are believed to be placing illegal telemarketing calls about car warranties to Arkansas consumers.

The lawsuits filed today against Explicit Media Inc., from Florida and SVM, Inc. from Nevada are the latest in a string of lawsuits filed against telemarketing companies purporting to offer automobile warranties to consumers. The complaints filed today detail multiple violations of both federal and state telemarketing laws: making calls to Arkansans listed in the Do Not Call database; "robo-calling," or using prerecorded messages for commercial purposes; and caller ID "spoofing," displaying false or misleading telephone numbers on consumers' caller ID systems.

On May 13, 2009, the Attorney General filed suit against three companies: Auto Warranty Solutions, Vehicle Services, Inc. and Dealer Warranty Services for committing similar violations. These cases are still pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

"The cases we are filing today are a part of our continuing effort to combat these unlawful and intrusive telemarketing calls concerning automobile warranties," McDaniel said. "Our investigation in this area is ongoing and may lead to even more litigation."