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Carter warns of call list problems

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Attorney General Steve Carter visited Terre Haute yesterday, giving a brief speech on the impact a court case in Oklahoma may have on Indiana.

The case, which is being reviewed by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, is being held in Tulsa over the legality of a federal Do-Not-Call list. The list has seen a number of roadblocks in its road to finalization, some of which could hinder Indiana's own list, Carter said.

"I think the government should be able to take action on behalf of the consumers who come forth and ask for the removal of these calls," he said. Since its implementation, the Federal list has received "millions" of sign-ups, he continued.

"The telemarketing industry will fight these laws as long as they have lawyers and the money to pay them," Carter said.

He explained that this case is the convergence of three cases from different cases. The trying court is holding the case in Oklahoma, he said, because one of the original cases came from that state.

Carter says that the Indiana Do-Not-Call list is a different entity altogether and will not be "directly affected" by the outcome of the Oklahoma case. He says that the Indiana list is stricter, however, and though he won't "guess what a judge is going to do," the case may find itself in the hands of higher-ups soon.

"It would not surprise me to see that we have to wait until today's outcome to see what the Indiana Federal case will do," he said.

The case is currently at the district level. Its next stop, if passed over, is the Seventh Circuit Court.

Carter said that the efficiency of the Indiana list was apparent from nearly the start.

"We surveyed people on the list," he said, "and they got an average of 12 calls a week before signing up. Now they're down to an average of two a week."

He explained that approximately 60 percent of Indiana residents have signed up for the list. He said that Indiana's list was stricter, with fewer exemptions on who could and could not make calls.

"In a perfect world, there would be no exemptions," he said. "But our list is stricter, and I think that makes it more pure."

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