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Supreme Court rejects do not call appeal

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Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Supreme Court Monday said telemarketers’ free speech rights are not violated by the federal do not call list and upheld consumers’ rights to add their names to the list.

The appeal by telemarketers of a lower court ruling was rejected by the justices without comment, according to reports. The American Teleservices Association, Mainstream Marketing Services and TMG Marketing had requested that the Supreme Court review the case.

In its ruling, the appeals court had said: "We hold that the do not call registry is a valid commercial speech regulation because it directly advances the government’s important interests in safeguarding personal privacy and reducing the danger of telemarketing abuse without burdening an excessive amount of speech.

The provisions of the federal do not call list went into effect last year.

—Carol Krol

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