Hawai'i, 44 other states back FTC
|||FCC pledges to enforce national do-not-call list despite judicial setbacks|
Hawai'i has joined 44 other states in a court brief supporting the Federal Trade Commission's attempt to establish a national Do Not Call Registry that would bar telemarketers from phoning people on the list.
A federal judge ruled last week that the commission cannot keep telemarketers from phoning people on such a registry. The commission filed a motion with the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals seeking an emergency stay pending an appeal of the ruling, which essentially precludes the enforcement provisions of the Telemarketing Sales Rule that created the National Do Not Call Registry.
"We want to continue to strongly advocate for Hawai'i's consumers," Mark Recktenwald, director of the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, said in a written statement. "In our brief, we wanted to emphasize to the court the important public interests that we believe would be harmed if the district court order is not stayed pending an appeal."