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July 30, 2003
Telemarketers Say 'Do Not Call' List Will Cost 2 Million Jobs
A group representing the telemarketing industry has filed a lawsuit to block the national do-not-call list, saying it would cost two million jobs and would violate their rights under the First Amendment, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

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The American Teleservices Association (ATA) said it asked U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver to reject regulations adopted by the Federal Communications Commission allowing the creation of a "do not call" registry, according to the newspaper. Interstate telemarketers would be prohibited from calling phone numbers on that list.

"Two million jobs will be lost, and we don't see them coming back,'' says Tim Searcy, executive director of ATA.

Since opening about a month ago, the registry has received about 28.7 million phone numbers from consumers, who can submit their information via telephone or Internet.

The Federal Trade Commission will start enforcing the list in October. Violators could face up to $11,000 in fines, according to the newspaper. In the rules, there is an exemption for calls from some organizations, including charities and political organizations.

The telemarketing industry has filed a number of other challenges to do-not-call lists. All the cases are pending court action, according to the newspaper.

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