(From publicist & press release)
Attorney Steve Ostrow takes great pleasure in busting telemarketers and people who send junk faxes. He’s sued and won ten lawsuits and he’s written a step-by-step to guide to make it easier for the rest of us to sue telemarketers.
His new book How To Sue A Telemarketer – A Guide to Creating Peace On Earth One Telephone Call At A Time assembles and simplifies the very best strategies and tactics that the average citizen can use to minimize telemarketer intrusions. He explains everything a person needs to do to take a relentless telemarketer to small-claims court.
“Unwanted telemarketing calls and faxes can be fun and profitable,” says attorney Steve Ostrow. “It’s actually pretty easy to take them to court and win.”
Ostrow says that to get telemarketers to stop calling you the first and most important thing to do is to get on the U.S. Government’s Do Not Call Registry operated by the Federal Trade Commission at WWW.DONOTCALL.GOV or call toll-free, 1-888-382-1222 (TTY 1-866-290-4236). The key is to call from the number you wish to register, regardless of whether it is a landline or a cell phone. Registration is free.
Then the next time a telemarketer calls, If all you you’re looking to do is get the telemarketer to stop calling you, once you have them on the line simply say “Place me on your no call list” and then hang up. To a legitimate telemarketer, these magic words inspire instant compliance and they know they cannot return calls without facing legal repercussions.
“The real fun,” this high energy litigator says, “begins 31 days after your phone has been on the Do Not Call Registry and you get another unwanted call from a telemarketer. That’s when you can take them to court for calling you”.
Ostrow says that to prevail in small claims court, you need to acquire some crucial information.
Ostrow advises that instead of letting a telemarketer go through their script, interrupt them and say “excuse me, can I ask you for some information?” Then as quick as you can, get the name of person calling, the name of the organization they are calling from, their address and phone, and what they are trying to sell you.
Then you then need to do a little bit of research to verify the legal name of the telemarketer.
“The toughest thing a person has to do is to get the proper legal name and address,” Ostrow says. This can usually be done by calling the company, searching on the Internet, and checking with the appropriate State Department of Revenue or Licensing or the County Recorder’s Office.
Once you have that you can file a small claims action and serve the papers – usually by certified mail. Voila! You don’t even need an attorney. In fact, lawyers aren’t allowed in small claims court.
If you’ve done your homework, you’ll win your case. Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act a judge can award $500 for each violation and you can even seek multiple violations all at the same time.
“Sometimes, even just filing a small claims court action will result in a call and an offer to settle for the full amount,” Ostrow said.
Steve Ostrow’s guide book contains all the details, tactics, guidance and sample forms needed to go to small claims court against an unwanted telemarketer and make them pay.
How To Sue a Telemarketer: A Guide to Creating Peace on Earth One Telephone Call At A Time
By Steve Ostrow
List $15.00 Trade Paperback 152 pages ISBN-10: 0615338178 ISBN-13: 978-0615338170
Published by Amigo Press
Available at bookstores online. For more information visit http://howtosueatelemarketer.com
A tongue and cheek manual on how to sue a telemarketer. We have all been bothered by telemarketers in the privacy of our homes. This is a humorous “How To” response guide to turn the tables on this irritating intrusion in our lives. Whether you decide to sue the telemarketer’s ass in court or bust his balls, the manual will delightfully inform you of your rights and guide your way to create peace in your home one telephone call at a time.
About Steve Ostrow
Born in New York City, Steve Ostrow did his undergraduate studies at The State University of New York, Buffalo. After backpacking throughout Europe for a year, he landed in Southern California where he graduated with honors from The Pepperdine University School of Law in 1979. Steve has sat as a small claims judge in Los Angeles and San Diego Counties and practiced law for over 30 years with an office on the beach in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. He lives in Solana Beach with Amigo, the world’s worst watchdog, but most unconditionally loving companion. He is also widely known for his celebrity impersonation of Ozmo Kramer which has landed him television appearances on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel and Ellen Degeneres Show.