Verizon Blocks Warranty Telemarketers, Receives $50,000

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Those lousy auto warranty robo-dialers are finally going to stop calling Verizon customers as a result of the settlement of Verizon's lawsuit against the two companies.

Auto Warranty Services and Explicit Media (Voice Solutions) had both used auto-dialers to call Verizon customers, as well as everyone else, to offer them auto warranty insurance. Verizon sued last year to stop the practice, and just received $50,000, which they will donate to charity. The main part is, of course, that Verizon customers won't be bothered by these two jackass companies anymore. [Verizon]

Between takes on the set of Law & Order SVU, Mariska Hargitay, actress, advocate and the president and founder of the Joyful Heart Foundation, accepted a $50,000 donation from Steve Zipperstein, vice president of legal & external affairs and Leigh Schachter, assistant general counsel at Verizon Wireless.

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I don't believe for one second that there are only two companies doing this. There are dozens of copycats out there fishing for personal information by impersonating the other guys so that they're harder to trace.