Verizon Wireless sued two telemarketing companies over claims they made hundreds of thousands of unsolicited calls to cellphone users. In lawsuits filed Wednesday...

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Verizon Wireless sued two telemarketing companies over claims they made hundreds of thousands of unsolicited calls to cellphone users.

In lawsuits filed Wednesday, Verizon Wireless accused Resort Marketing Trends of Coral Springs, Fla., and Intelligent Alternatives in San Diego of using automatic dialers and prerecorded messages to make hundreds of thousands of calls to Verizon Wireless customers.

Telemarketers are barred from calling customers on their cellphones without consent under federal laws aimed at cracking down on unsolicited sales calls from companies selling vacations, mortgages and other goods. Verizon, the second-largest U.S. mobile-phone carrier, says it’s the first U.S. wireless provider to sue telemarketers. The U.S. and states including California have previously filed similar suits.

“These telemarketing calls not only invade the privacy of Verizon Wireless’ customers and employees, they also damage Verizon Wireless’ relationships with its customers and impose customer-service costs on Verizon Wireless,” the company said in a lawsuit filed against Resort Marketing in state court in Somerville, N.J.

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There was no listing for Resort Marketing. Sean Wilson, an attorney who is listed as the company’s registered agent with the Florida Department of State’s corporations division, didn’t return a voice-mail message seeking comment.

There was no answer at a San Diego number for Intelligent Alternatives.