AUGUSTA (AP) – Maine is reviving its own do-not-call signup form because of court cases that have thwarted enforcement the Federal Trade Commission’s telemarketer-blocking rules, Attorney General Steven Rowe said Tuesday.

Mainers who have not signed up can visit the attorney general’s Web site and click on “do not call” in the banner, Rowe said.

In July, Mainers who wanted to sign up on the state’s do-not-call Web site were redirected to the national registry maintained by the FTC. The list of more than 100,000 Mainers who had signed up through the state’s site was turned over at the time to the FTC.

But a complex legal battle since then has effectively blocked the FTC from administering the federal list, forcing the agency to shut down registration.

Many telemarketers plan to respect the wishes of those on the list despite the legal questions. Some telemarketers haven’t been able to get the FTC list because of the court case.

“We have reports that some businesses are aggressively calling in the wake of the recent court decisions,” Rowe said.

“You can cover your bases by telling telemarketers to put you on their do-not-call list. The federal rules and the state law requiring shop-by-shop do-not-call lists are in full force and effect,” Rowe said.

The FTC was blocked from operating and enforcing its do-not-call list in late September when a federal judge in Denver ruled the program violates free speech rights of telemarketers.

A three-judge panel later told telemarketer groups and the FTC to comment on a proposal to combine three different appeals concerning the do-not-call list.

Rowe says he intends to join other states’ attorneys general and the federal government in the court battle to get the federal registry back on track.

He said a federal appeals panel is expected to hear arguments over the federal registry “in the next couple of months.”


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