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DISH Network Corp (DISH) At Crossroad With FTC Over Telemarketing Violations

DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH) is at a crossroad with the Federal Trade Commission after being cited for over 57 million telemarketing violations. FOX Business, Gillis Willis, reiterates that the giant satellite company will have to worry considering a hefty fine could be in the offing as a result of the violations.


DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH) is being accused of going forth and making calls on Americans on the ‘Do Not Call List’ something that is prohibited by law. According to Consumerist Content Editor, Ashlee Kieler, the FTC cited the network after a federal judge in Illinois partially ruled on the case filed back in 2009 by the Justice Department.

“The judge found that Dish Network was liable for 57.6 million violations of the FTC telemarketing sales rule. More specifically the company and its contracted telemarketers had called 57.6 million times to consumers who had put themselves on the National Do-Not-Call Registry or who had previously asked the company not to call them anymore,” said Mrs. Kieler.

DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH) is accused of calling consumers on the Do Not call list with a view of informing them of their services on offer. The FTC reiterates that the network went on to make the calls despite most of the people asking not to be called, something that is a violation of the consumer’s rights

The bone of contention has to do with the fact that some people went greater lengths to sit through long calls just to tell DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH) representatives they did not wish to be contacted anymore. Some of them argue they incurred costs in billings in the process of trying to stop the calls from coming in.

Dish is reported to have more than one million people on its ‘Do-Not call list’ most of whom were contacted according to the lawsuit. The company on its defense maintains it did not have knowledge of what third party telemarketers were doing on their own on the side.

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