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An automated phone messaging company wants the nation’s highest court to review Indiana’s state law banning robocalls. 

FreeEats.com has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court for the review.  The law was upheld last December by the Indiana Supreme Court.

The law bars anyone from auto-dialing Hoosiers unless the recipient first gives permission to a live operator or by e-mail.

FreeEats.com, which placed thousands of political calls on behalf of another group during a 2006 congressional campaign, contends the law infringes on free speech rights.

Bryan Corbin, a spokesman for Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, says his office is  prepared to defend the law, but the high court receives about ten-thousand such petitions annually.

“They only hear 75 or 80 cases per year, so most of the appeals they receive they do not actually take and that means that the lower court case is then upheld,” he said.

Corbin says the law is intended to protect consumers from unsolicited calls.  A similar suit will be considered by a federal appeals court. 

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."