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Another setback for do-not-call registry

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Washington, D.C.--Efforts to implement a national do-not-call registry suffered another setback Thursday when a federal judge in Colorado ruled that the list unconstitutionally violates free speech.

That latest ruling came on the heels of legislation passed swiftly in Congress on Thursday after a federal judge in Oklahoma ruled Tuesday that the Federal Trade Commission did not have the authority to implement the list. The Direct Marketing Association was a plaintiff in the case.

On Friday, House Commerce Committee Chairman Bill Tauzin said Congress was disappointed in the latest ruling and contended the issue is about privacy rather than free speech.

"Putting your name on the do-not-call list is no different than hanging a 'no solicitation' sign on your front door," he said.

--Carol Krol

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