Federal Ban On Unsolicited Faxes Stands

Reversing two lower courts, the Appellate Division has recently decided that the Federal law banning unsolicited faxes is constitutional and does not restrict commercial speech because fax communication is only one method of speech and allows an advertiser all other “means of communication” while addressing a substantial governmental interest. The Appellate Court reinstated the cases the lower courts had dismissed and granted the plaintiffs in those case summary judgement as to the issue of liability for violating the fax ban law, remanding the cases for an assessment of damages, including the possibility of triple damages provided for under Federal law.

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