Air duct companies, owner ordered to pay $10M for robocalls

SEATTLE (AP) — A King County Superior Court judge has ordered the owner of two air-duct-cleaning companies to pay $10 million over deceptive advertisements and robocalls following a lawsuit by Washington state. Attorney General Bob Ferguson alleged that the Vancouver, Washington-based companies DLM Services and US Air Ducts and Sky Builders made over 13 million robocalls within the state from 2017 to 2019, calling some residents more than 100 times. Judge Susan Craighead ruled in May that the companies and their owner, Rami Mornel, had violated the Consumer Protection Act, including by posting fake Google reviews, and on Wednesday she ordered them to pay $10 million. Mornel’s attorney argued that the first-generation immigrant did not understand he was breaking the law.