Appeals court gives go-ahead to do-not-call registry

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Washington, D.C.--The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the Federal Trade Commission can enforce the national do-not-call registry, overturning a lower court ruling last week.

"In effect, it [the decision] says 'hello' to common sense," said House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Billy Tauzin (R-La.), one of the leaders in the effort to establish the registry.

Last week, President Bush signed new legislation that reaffirmed the Federal Trade Commission's authority to create and enforce the registry.

--Carol Krol

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