By the Associated Press.
Monday, May 15, 2006.
(AP) BALTIMORE The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to hear a challenge to telemarketing restrictions that apply to professional fundraisers hired by charitable organizations.
The high court's refusal upholds a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that a Federal Trade Commission regulation is narrowly drawn to serve the legitimate government purpose of protecting citizens' privacy in their homes.
The appeals court's ruling upheld a decision by U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz of Baltimore, who rejected claims by the National Federation of the Blind and Special Olympics Maryland Inc. that the FTC exceeded its authority and infringed on their free speech rights.
The FTC regulation prohibits "abandoned calls," which are followed by at least two seconds of silence before the caller speaks, as well as calls before 8 a.m. and after 9 p.m. It also requires callers to promptly state their business, allow their number to show on the recipient's caller ID and refrain from phoning citizens on a charity-specific do-not-call list.
The case is National Federation of the Blind v. FTC, 05-927.
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