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'Do-not-call' list wins in high court


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Supreme Court rejects appeal by telemarketers that registry violates free-speech rights.

October 4, 2004: 10:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court let stand Monday a lower-court ruling that telemarketers' rights to free speech are not violated by the government's nationwide do-not-call list.

Without comment, the justices rejected an appeal by commercial telemarketers against the lower-court ruling, which upheld as constitutional the popular program in which consumers can put their names on a list if they do not want to be called by telemarketers.

"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 appeals court said.

'Nuf said.


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