Small business owners who bought coupon advertisements in American School Publishing Outlook Bonus Books are eligible for money from a legal settlement with the ad seller, according to Attorney General Lawrence Wasden.
Claim forms are due to the attorney general by March 18. Visit www.ag.idaho.gov or call 334-2424 for information or to request a claim form.
The Attorney General's Office previously filed a lawsuit against Jason M. Rockne and his defunct Boise-based telemarketing and publishing companies, Women Devine Publications, Idaho Publishing and Angel Gift Network. The lawsuit alleged Rockne called small business owners and sold them coupon ads without first registering as a telemarketer. Rockne told the business owners he would send them coupon books to give to clients, and that he would distribute thousands of copies through other means. That didn't happen, Wasden said. Rockne told Wasden's office that he sold coupon ads to small business owners in Idaho, California and all of Idaho's neighboring states.
The settlement resolves that lawsuit.
"For any small business owner struggling to make every dollar count, the loss of even a few hundred dollars is distressing," Wasden said in a news release.
Rockne agreed to pay $9,227 in restitution to small business owners who filed complaints to as of Jan. 18.
Rockne also paid $1,500 to the Attorney General to offset the state's legal expenses.
Other small business owners who bought coupon ads may be eligible for money if they didn't receive the coupon books, haven't been issued refunds, can provide documentation of their payment and file a claim by March 18.