Agriculture and Consumer Services chief Charles Bronson had sued The Sports Authority for violations of the state's Do Not Call law. But the retailer tried to have the case shifted to federal court, saying state law was pre-empted by the Federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
Had the case been transferred, the company would have been able to avoid state regulations and penalties that are NOT included in the federal law. But the judge has refused to take the case.
Bronson says his agency will now pursue 66 complaints against The Sports Authority in state court. The law provides a penalty of up to $10,000 per violation.