Wisconsin's "No Call" Law Curbed in Court

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Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi Tuesday threw out parts of the No Call law and reduced financial penalities levied against telemarketers from a maximum of $10,000 to $100.00.

Sumi ruled that the state agency which enforces the law overstepped its authority by increasing fines for violations, and by giving citizens the ability to sue companies accused of breaking the rules.

The judge, however, did uphold other sections of the law, including the fees the state charges businesses to obtain the list.

The No Call law went into effect in January, 2003. The law prohibits telemarketers from calling phone numbers of those who sign up to be included on the list, although businesses can call curren customers or people who give them permission to call.