LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Tuesday her office has won a $194,500 default judgment against a company that failed to respond to a federal lawsuit alleging violations of consumer-protection laws.
The company’s president said it was never served with the suit and will appeal the judgment.
Former Attorney General Dustin McDaniel filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Little Rock against Electronic Media Marketing Group of New Jersey, operator of General Yellow Pages of New York, in February 2014. The suit alleged that General Yellow Pages illegally coerced Arkansas businesses into paying for services they did not authorize.
Rutledge, who took office in January, moved in June for a default judgment, noting that the company had not responded in any way to the suit. U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes granted the motion and issued an order Monday requiring the company to pay $190,000 in civil penalties, plus $4,500 in attorney’s fees, and cease collection attempts and telemarketing calls in the state.