Dish gets record Dollars 280 mln fine for unwanted robocalls

Dish in a securities disclosure noted that the federal government at one point said it planned to seek up to $900 million in penalties and the states as much as $23.5 billion.

Under the order, Dish will pay the federal government $168 million and will pony up another $84 million to the four states.

DISH network will be forced to pay millions for engaging in a nationwide campaign of illegal telemarketing.

Myerscough also prohibited the company from violating do-not-call laws going forward and imposed a 20-year plan for supervision of its telemarketing.

A federal court has ordered pay TV provider Dish Network to pay a record $280 million fine to the US government and four states for illegal robocalls to consumers.

Dish reportedly plans to appeal the ruling.

She went on to note the total penalty amount was appropriate given that "Dish caused millions and millions of violations of the Do Not Call Laws, and Dish has minimized the significance of its own errors in direct telemarketing and steadfastly denied any responsibility for the actions of its [retailers]".

In what may be the largest ever monetary judgment in a "robocall" case, U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough required Dish to pay $168 million to the U.S. government and $112 million to North Carolina, California, Ohio and IL over what the judge said were "millions and millions" of calls.

Dish said in a statement that it believes the fines are exceptionally harsh, far exceeding other awards to other telecom and television service providers for similar violations. The government called Dish "a serial telemarketing violator" in court papers.

"The National Do Not Call Registry is a popular federal program for the public to reduce the number of unwanted sales calls", said acting assistant attorney general Chad Readler of the Justice Department's Civil Division.

Dish said Monday the company "has long taken its compliance with telemarketing laws seriously, has and will continue to maintain rigorous telemarketing compliance policies and procedures".

The United States was represented by Trial Attorneys Lisa K. Hsiao, Patrick Runkle, Sang Lee and Daniel Crane-Hirsch of the Justice Department's Consumer Protection Branch.

  • Zachary Reyes