September 25, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
VOWS TO FIGHT RULING ON DO-NOT-CALL
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. stated today that he disagrees with
the ruling by a U.S. District court judge yesterday that the Federal
Trade Commission (FTC) exceeded its authority in creating the national
Do Not Call Registry. The Registry, which was scheduled to go into
effect October 1, promised to give Americans who registered with
it relief from most telemarketing calls.
"I am confident the FTC will appeal the decision. When it does,
I will file a friend-of-the-court brief with the 10th Circuit Court
of Appeals on behalf of the more than 1 million Marylanders who
have already registered on the FTC's Do-Not-Call List," Curran
said. "We will assert that the district court's decision ignores
the clear intent of Congress and must be reversed."
District Court Judge Lee R. West, in the U.S. District Court for
the Western District of Oklahoma, issued the decision. He found
that the FTC did not have a "valid grant of authority from
Congress" to establish the do-not-call list.
FTC is continuing to register consumers on the do-not-call list.
Marylanders who do not want to continue to receive calls from telemarketers
can register by calling toll-free 1-888-382-1222 or going on-line
to www.donotcall.gov. As
of September 16, more than 1.1 million Marylanders had registered;
more than 50 million Americans have registered in total.