The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a lawsuit against Dish Network this morning for allegedly violating the Federal Do Not Call laws by calling consumers who are on the registry.
The FTC has accused both Dish Network and it’s affiliates of making repeated telephone solicitations to consumers.
“Since the National Do Not Call Registry was launched, it has been enormously effective at protecting millions of Americans from unwanted telemarketing calls at home,” said Eileen Harrington, Acting Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “But because a few bad actors still don’t get it, we want to make it crystal clear. If you call consumers whose numbers are on the Do Not Call Registry, you’re breaking the law. If your authorized dealers call consumers whose numbers are on the Registry, you’re breaking the law. Either way, we will protect the privacy of American consumers and we will hold you accountable.”
The government seeks a permanent injunction against Dish Network that prohibits the satellite TV provider from violating the TSR (including its Do Not Call provisions and abandoned call restrictions), either directly or through its authorized dealers; requires Dish Network to monitor and enforce its authorized dealers’ compliance with the TSR; and prohibits Dish Network from assisting and facilitating violations. The government also seeks civil penalties for Dish’s violations.
The complaint announced against Dish Network today is being brought jointly with the
Attorneys General of California, Illinois, Ohio, and North Carolina as co-plaintiffs. In addition to the TSR violations alleged by the United States, the complaint includes allegations brought solely by the state Attorneys General. They include allegations that Dish Network violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and state law – either directly or indirectly as a result of third parties acting on its behalf – by calling numbers on the Do Not Call Registry and by placing telemarketing calls that deliver prerecorded messages to live consumers.
Below are telephone numbers that have been reported to EveryCall.us as being associated with Dish Network: