A Columbus residential mortgage company has been ordered to pay $144,000 to the state for violating the Wisconsin "no call" law, in what the attorney general is calling the largest judgment against a company for violating the law in state history.
First American Funding Co. was sued by the state earlier this year for "massive violations" of the no-call law.
The no-call law allows phone users in Wisconsin to put their phone numbers on the no-call list, supposedly prohibiting companies from making unsolicited sales calls.
According to the state's complaint, First American Funding made about 3 million telephone solicitation calls in 2010, with half or more of those calls in some months going to numbers on the "no-call" list.
"As this judgment shows, those who ignore the Wisconsin 'no-call' list do so at their own peril," said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen in a press release announcing the judgment.
If First American Funding violates the terms of the settlement with the state, it could face up to $750,000 in fines.
More than 60 consumers filed complaints about the company with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.