[r90] Murphy's Do Not Fax Law Makes News (10/29/2007)

Monday, October 29, 2007

Start Date: 10/29/2007 All Day
End Date: 10/29/2007

(STATEHOUSE) October 29, 2007 - The Office of the Indiana Attorney General announced today that 13 companies have been named in lawsuits filed by Attorney General Steve Carter for allegedly violating Indiana's new Do Not Fax law, which went into effect January 1, 2007.  State Representative Mike Murphy (R-Indianapolis) authored this law during the 2006 legislative session. 

Rep. Murphy and Attorney General Steve Carter announced the new law at Community Development, Inc. (CDI) in Spring 2006.  The need for the law became evident after citizens and businesses, such as CDI, contacted the Attorney General and Rep. Murphy complaining that their fax machine ink and paper were being exhausted by unsolicited advertising from companies offering diet pills, discount vacations, coupons, life insurance and more. 

The law, which passed out of both the Indiana House and Senate unanimously, made the transmittal of unsolicited fax advertisements a deceptive consumer sale act and granted the Attorney General's Office the right to recover civil penalties of up to $1,500 per violation. 

"It is gratifying to witness the leadership of Attorney General Carter in going after these companies that burden small businesses with junk faxes," said Rep. Murphy. "It was our hope that this law would help Indiana businesses by relieving them of the financial drain caused by these unsolicited fax advertisements, and I am glad to see it is already making a difference."

Rep. Murphy encourages local constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at h90@in.gov, or by calling the Statehouse toll-free at 1-800-382-9841.  It is also possible to write him at 200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.