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Farmers Insurance has agreed to pay Missouri $575,000 to settle a lawsuit claiming its agents violated state telemarketing laws.

Attorney General Chris Koster says it's the largest amount ever paid to the state by a telemarketer for violations of the no-call list.

The company sells home, life and auto insurance.

Koster says his office received more than 275 complaints about Farmers agents in a four-year period. Some complained that they were contacted by agents even after consumers requested that they stop calling.

Missouri cellphone users can now register their numbers on the state’s no-call list under a bill signed by Governor Jay Nixon Thursday.

The law prohibits telemarketers from calling or texting those who sign up and gives the attorney general’s office the power to punish violators.  

Attorney General Chris Koster says the law expands Missouri’s no-call list enacted 12 years ago for land lines.   

“12 years ago the no-call list saved the dinner hour in this state," Koster said. "Today’s action extends that protection to a new technological era.”

Legislation allowing Missourians to place their cellphone numbers on the state's telemarketing No Call List is moving forward.