Attorney General Terry Goddard warned Arizona telemarketers Tuesday not to call those on a federal "do-not-call" list, even with that national law in legal limbo.
Goddard acknowledged that a federal judge in Denver late Monday told the Federal Trade Commission it could not maintain its list of more than 50 million telephone customers — including 1.2 million in Arizona — who said they do not want to receive telephone marketing calls.
But Goddard said he was confident that order eventually will be lifted by a federal appellate court. And he said he will then go after companies that called Arizonans on that no-call list.
Goddard also said that even if federal courts ban the use of that FTC list, existing state law still gives some rights to Arizonans: He said specific requests by those who are called to be removed from a telemarketer's calling list must be honored.
State and federal laws had been scheduled to take effect this morning.
Judges from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals did not act Tuesday on a request by the FTC to overturn the trial judge's order. Goddard backs that move.
Goddard contends the state law, which governs only calls from Arizona telemarketers to Arizona residents, remains valid. He conceded, though, enforcement will be difficult as the state law is tied to the federal no-call list
Dianna Jennings, Goddard's press aide, said Arizonans who continue to get unwanted calls should demand an end to future calls and write down the time, date and name of the company.
She said if there is a repeat call the telephone customer should file a complaint with her agency. With that complaint, Jennings said, investigators can get a court order to look at a company's calling records and determine if they have violated the law. Complaints can be made to the Attorney General's office at (602) 542-5763 in Maricopa County and (800) 352-8431 elsewhere in the state.