Missouri AG Taking "Junk" Faxes to Court

NOVEMBER 22, 2005 - Posted at 8:24 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA, MO - The state is going after companies that send out faxes promising cheaper health insurance, sure bets on the stock market and other unsolicited offers.

Lawsuits filed by Attorney General Jay Nixon in twelve counties name 13 businesses from around the country suspected of sending mass faxes to Missouri recipients.

Nixon says the so-called junk faxes tie up recipients' machines and waste their time and supplies.  He says they can also threaten public safety when sent to fire stations and ambulance garages.

Defendants include roofing companies in eastern Missouri, health care marketers in Texas and California and vacation travel brokers in Alabama and Florida.

Nixon says his office has received more than 1,200 complaints this year about junk faxes.

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