The Attorney General of California announced Friday 5th Dec that Dish Network has agreed to pay $210 million in a settlement agreement concluding a legal dispute concerning the company’s telemarketing practices that had played out over more than a decade.
The settlement order held Dish accountable for making telemarketing calls to numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry, abandoning calls and using automated voice telemarketing (pre-recorded telemarketing calls).
Attorney General Xavier Becerra said, “Unwanted telemarketing calls are a nuisance and can be an illegal invasion of privacy… Californians have the power to join the Do Not Call list to avoid harassing calls. Unfortunately, Dish Network flouted the rules and now they will pay.”
The initial complaint was filed in 2009, accusing Dish of violating the Federal Trade Commission Act, Telemarketing Sales Rules, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and related laws. In an order in 2017, the US District Court of Illinois found Dish liable under these laws and ordered them to pay $280 million as compensation.
Dish appealed this decision to the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. That court reaffirmed the lower court’s order but asked it to recalculate the compensation amount, which now stands at $210 million.
See the settlement