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Dish 'Do Not Call' Violations Total in Millions, Says Court

By    |   Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 06:26 AM

A federal court has found Dish Network liable for millions of "Do Not Call List" violations and other infractions of Federal Trade Commission's telemarketing sales rules.

The FTC said in a release on Wednesday that the opinion, written on Dec. 12 by U.S. District Judge Sue E. Myerscough in the Central District of Illinois, was a partial judgment in a case the justice department filed against Dish in March 2009.

"The court found Dish liable for 4,094,099 calls it or its vendors made to numbers on the Registry and for 2,730,842 calls its retailers made to numbers on the Registry," said the FTC. "The court found that the government met its burden to hold Dish liable for the retailers' calls since: 1) Dish retained the retailers, 2) Dish authorized the retailers to market Dish products and services, and 3) the retailers violated the (Telemarketing Sales Rule) by initiating Dish telemarketing calls to numbers on the Registry)."

The court ruled that Dish continued to call more than 1.043 million customers on its own internal do-not-call list and said it made or caused telemarketers to make more than 49.5 million "abandoned calls."

Deadline.com quoted the Dish Network Wednesday as saying that it "respectfully disagrees with the bulk of the decision. (Dish has) rigorous telemarketing compliance policies and procedures."

Dish attempted the lay the Do Not Call violations at the feet of the FTC, noted Deadline.com.

"(The FTC) has outsourced the management of the National Do Not Call Registry to contractors, with minimal oversight, resulting in a Registry that is inaccurate and that the U.S. Government itself characterizes as 'a mess.'"

Dish complained, according to Deadline.com, that the FTC was holding them responsible for violations while letting third-parties contractors off the hook.

Dish said it is unfair that the government make it may for "telemarketing activities alleged to have been conducted by independent third parties, including in circumstances where such third parties were intentionally hiding their telemarketing efforts from Dish."

The FTC reported that remaining issues in the case will be resolved in a trial that is currently slated to start in July.

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