DISH Ordered to Pay More Than Triple the Amount Originally Sued For

by | Jun 6, 2017 | Compliance Related News | 0 comments

After just being sued for more than $20 million, DISH Network will now pay up again. In January, a jury decided DISH was responsible for the actions of an independent retailer, Satellite Systems Network, illegally contacting 18,000 consumers.

The judge in that case recently decided that not only is DISH liable for the $20.5 million, but because it was willful and knowing in the action of its independent agents, the damages were trebled.

In the order District Judge Catherine C. Eagles, District Judge writes, “While Dish promised forty-six state attorneys general in 2009 that it would enforce TCPA compliance by its marketers, Dish did nothing to monitor, much less enforce, SSN’s compliance with telemarketing laws. When it learned of SSN’s noncompliance, Dish repeatedly looked the other way.”

DISH is now responsible for paying $63.1 million to consumers.

The original suit against DISH Network was filed in 2009, which alleged the company violated numerous multi-state statutes and telemarketing sales rules by its own calling practices and those of its third-party retailers and agents.

In 2012, a suit filed by the FTC alleged DISH was also in violation of calling consumers on its Internal Do-Not-Call list.

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