Wednesday, September 24, 2003
What the Hell Were They Thinking?
I just found this article on Yahoo!:
Court Rules Against Do-Not-Call Registry
A federal judge has ruled that the Federal Trade Commission overstepped its authority in creating the national "do-not-call" list against telemarketers.
The ruling Tuesday came in a lawsuit brought by telemarketers who challenged the list of 50 million people who said they do not want to receive business solicitation calls. The list was to go into effect Oct. 1.
Here's my favorite quote:
Direct Marketing Association Inc., one of the plaintiffs, said it was happy with the ruling, even though it "acknowledges the wishes of millions of U.S. consumers who have expressed their preferences not to receive telephone-marketing solicitations � as evidenced by the millions of phone numbers registered on the FTC list."
In other words, Screw you, consumers.
The court found that the FTC did not have the authority to institute such a list, but the article doesn't explain why. I wonder if Instapundit will have a legal explanation... nope, nothing yet. I'm sure though that either he will, or he'll link to someone who does. I'd love to see the court's logic on this one.