A Florida company has received an $112,500 fine for violating the state's do-not-call list:

A lawsuit filed in 2003 accused Fort Lauderdale-based Sports Authority Florida, a chain of sporting goods stores, of making 77 calls to state residents on the list and playing a pre-recorded message to many of the consumers who answered the calls. Under Florida law, it is a separate offense for a telemarketer to play a pre-recorded message when a consumer answers his or her phone.

I wasn't aware Florida had its own do-not-call list., which looks to be less useful than the national version.

You have to pay $10 to get one number on Florida's list and $5 for each year thereafter. Newspapers, charities and survey companies are exempt.

-- Rogers Cadenhead

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