Dish Network Found Liable for Millions of Telemarketing Violations

By on January 21, 2015

Dish Network was found liable for violating the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), including Do Not Call, entity-specific, and abandoned-call violations, according to a ruling by U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois.

The court found that the company or its agents made outbound telephone calls to residents of the states whose numbers were on the DNC Registry.  Specifically, Dish was found to have made several million calls to numbers on the National Do Not Call (DNC) Registry and had abandoned almost 50 million calls in violation of the “abandoned-call” provision of TSR.

The complaint was filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in March on behalf of the FTC and the FTC is jointly litigating the case with state co-plaintiffs: California, Illinois, North Carolina and Ohio.  The court scheduled trial to begin in July 2015.

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