September 24th, 2003

Smackdown (Anger)

You Knew It Was Too Good To Be True

U.S. Court Blocks Anti-Telemarketing 'Do Not Call' List

The U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City said the Federal Trade Commission overstepped its authority when it set up the popular anti-telemarketing measure, according to a court decision filed late on Tuesday. The FTC has signed up some 50 million phone numbers for the list, which was due to take effect on Oct. 1. The Direct Marketing Association sued to block the list shortly after Congress approved it in January, saying it would violate free-speech laws and discriminate against an industry that provides millions of jobs.

Lawmakers were quick to criticize the court's decision, arguing that they had given the FTC the authority to implement the list. "We are confident this ruling will be overturned and the nearly 50 million Americans who have signed up for the do-not-call list will remain free from unwanted telemarketing calls in the privacy of their own homes," Reps. Billy Tauzin and John Dingell said in a statement.

So we'll see. Luckily, telemarketers don't call my cell anyway...but the moment they do, I'm-a be one seriously pissed-off bastard.
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