[r90] Rep. Murphy's 'Do Not Fax' Law Proves Effective (2/11/2008)

Monday, February 11, 2008

Start Date: 2/11/2008 All Day
End Date: 2/11/2008

(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 11, 2008 - The Indiana Attorney General's office has announced that eight lawsuits had been filed against violators of the Do Not Fax Law and obtained voluntary compliance from another 250 companies since enforcement of the law began Jan. 1, 2007. State Rep. Mike Murphy (R-Indianapolis) authored the law, which passed the General Assembly unanimously in 2006.

"This law continues to demonstrate its success and effectiveness in ridding the workplace of wasteful and irritating faxes," said Rep. Murphy. "Mass faxes drain business owners' time and resources.  Any way we can help Hoosier businesses reduce cost and increase efficiency is a victory for the economic development of our entire state."

Recipients of unsolicited advertising faxes may report them to the Telephone Privacy Division of the attorney general's office.  Rep. Murphy authored the law, which makes the sending of an unsolicited fax a deceptive consumer act and allows the attorney general to pursue penalties of up to $1,500 per unwanted fax.

In order to pursue a complaint, the attorney general will need a copy of the unsolicited fax along with a completed complaint form.  Unlike the Do Not Call registry, citizens do not need to sign their fax number up on any registry. Citizens wishing to file complaints should save a copy of the unsolicited fax to submit with the consumer complaint form.

Under federal law, faxes that do not promote a commercial product are not subject to the law.  Additionally, faxes sent because of a prior or established business relationship do not qualify as advertisement faxes. 

Consumers can go online to www.in.gov/attorneygeneral to file a complaint about an unsolicited fax.  In order to submit the complaint, print and fill out the form and mail it to the Telephone Privacy Division along with a copy of the unsolicited fax.  Consumers can mail their complaint to:

Indiana Attorney General's Office
Telephone Privacy Division
302 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Also, people may phone 1-888-834-9969 and ask that a complaint form be mailed to them.

Rep. Murphy encourages constituents to contact him through e-mail at h90@in.gov, by calling the Statehouse toll-free at 1-800-382-9841 or by writing to 200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.