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AUSTIN, TX — The Texas attorney general''s office sued 15 companies on Tuesday that it said has violated the state''s do-not-call law, which forbids many telephone solicitors from calling consumers at their homes, the Associated Press reported via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.com Tuesday. The lawsuits, which are the first since the do-not-call law took effect, allege the companies harassed consumers by calling them repeatedly with high-pressure sales pitches; nearly 1 million consumers have signed up to be on the no-call list since they were eligible to do so in January 2002 and telemarkers were prohibited from calling the consumers on the list starting in July 2002, according to AP. For related information, click here. To return to today''s news, click here. To discuss this topic with other industry professionals, click here. For a free introductory subscription (or subscription renewal) to Cleanfax magazine, the leading publication for the carpet cleaning and disaster restoration industries, click here.