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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Files Complaint Against Internet Coupon Companies for Unauthorized Telephone Charges


MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed an enforcement action against nationwide Internet coupon companies and the telephone billing aggregators who placed these charges on customer telephone bills.


The complaint alleges that the defendants marketed to Wisconsin customers through discount coupons, sweepstakes or merchandise, and then entered into agreements with billing companies that placed unauthorized charges on their telephone bills, in violation of Wis. Stat. §§ 100.195 or §100.207. The complaint also alleges violations of Wisconsin Administrative Code § ATCP123. The case was referred to the DOJ by the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).


The complaint requests that the Circuit Court enjoin billing aggregators and certain coupon companies from further violations of the unauthorized billing statute and seeks forfeitures of between $25.00 and $10,000 per violation for each unauthorized charge, as well as costs and fees associated with prosecution.


The case was filed in Dane County Circuit Court. The defendants are Eyal Yechezkell, Itai Kathien, Email Discount Network, LLC, Intelicom Messaging LLC, Enhanced Services Billing Inc., The Billing Resource, Inc., and ILD Corp.


The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Gwendolyn J. Cooley and Assistant Attorney General Phillip D. Ferris, with investigative assistance provided by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.


A copy of the complaint is available at the following link: Complaint