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Dish Network Fined For Violating “Do Not Call” Rules

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Dish “Dashed”: The Feds just nailed Dish TV Network for violating federal “Do Not Call” rules and ended up with a court order hitting them with the largest civil fine in U-S History, more than a quarter of a Billion Dollars!

Looks like their annoying calls and apparent disregard for Federal Privacy Laws is now costing them Big Bucks.

Per the FTC:

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As the result of Do Not Call (DNC) litigation brought by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the Federal Trade Commission, as well as the states of California, Illinois, North Carolina, and Ohio, a federal court in Illinois has ordered penalties totaling $280 million and strong injunctive relief against Englewood, Colorado-based satellite television provider Dish Network.

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois found Dish liable for millions of calls that violated the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) — including DNC, entity-specific, and abandoned-call violations — the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and state law. The civil penalty award includes $168 million for the federal government, which is a record in a DNC case. The remainder of the civil penalty was awarded to the states.

The $168 million judgment is the largest civil penalty ever obtained for a violation of the FTC Act.

The FTC release: HERE

By Al Sunshine, SouthFloridaReporter.com, Consumer Investigator, June 7, 2017

Al Sunshine is a South Florida-based Broadcast and Digital Journalist whose career has spanned more than 40 years at the local and national levels. His award-winning investigations have triggered more than a dozen state and local consumer protection laws and his work’s been cited in Congressional Testimony before the U-S House of Representatives. He is best known for his “Shame On You” features for CBS Miami which sought to expose businesses, agencies and individuals defrauding or deceiving consumers, as well as endangering the safety and welfare of the general public. In 2013 Al retired from CBS Miami to set up his own Digital News Business, “Sunshine News, LLC” and Al continues to blog for the Radio, Television, Digital News Association, sponsors of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards”. An avid environmentalist, Al is one of the founding members of the “Miami Pine Rocklands Coalition”. The Florida Non-Profit is fighting to save and restore the last 2% of Pine Rocklands found only in South Florida and nowhere else in the continental United States. Al was recently elected its President.

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