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TITLE 56.  TRADE NAMES, TRADE-MARKS AND UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES
CHAPTER 8.  FRAUDS, ETC., IN SALES OR ADVERTISEMENTS OR MERCHANDISE
N.J. Stat. § 56:8-120
§ 56:8-120. Definitions relative to telemarketing calls

As used in this act: "Customer" means an individual who is a resident of this State and a prospective recipient of a telemarketing sales call. "Director" means the Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law and Public Safety. "Division" means the Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law and Public Safety. "Local exchange telephone company" means a telecommunications carrier authorized by the Board of Public Utilities to provide local telecommunications services. "Merchandise" means merchandise as defined in subsection (c) of section 1 of P.L. 1960, c. 39 (C. 56:8-1), including an extension of credit. "No telemarketing call list" or "no call list" means a list of telephone numbers of customers in this State who desire not to receive unsolicited telemarketing sales calls. "Telemarketer" means any entity, whether an individual proprietor, corporation, partnership, limited liability corporation or any other form of business organization, whether on behalf of itself or others, who makes residential telemarketing sales calls to a customer when the customer is in this State or any person who directly controls or supervises the conduct of a telemarketer. "Telemarketing" means any plan, program or campaign which is conducted by telephone to encourage the purchase or rental of, or investment in, merchandise, but does not include the solicitation of sales through media other than a telephone call. "Telemarketing sales call" means a telephone call made by a telemarketer to a customer as part of a plan, program or campaign to encourage the purchase or rental of, or investment in, merchandise, except for continuing services. A telephone call made to an existing customer for the sole purpose of collecting on accounts or following up on contractual obligations shall not be deemed a telemarketing sales call. "Unsolicited telemarketing sales call" means any telemarketing sales call other than a call made:

(1) in response to an express written request of the customer called; or

(2) to an existing customer, which shall include the ability to collect on accounts and follow up on contractual obligations, unless the customer has stated to the telemarketer that the customer no longer desires to receive the telemarketing sales calls of the telemarketer.

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