FTC Sues Dish Network Over Do Not Call Complaints

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Washington (AP) -- Satellite TV provider Dish Network is being sued by the Ffderal government for alleged violations to the national D Not Call registry.

The Federal Trade Commission says the company, formerly known as Echostar, has made thousands of phone calls to people on the Do Not Call list. Dish Network is the biggest violator, the FTC said, based on the number of complaints the agency has received.

Four state Attorneys General -- in California, Illinois, Ohio and North Carolina -- joined the suit.

The FTC says it's the first time the agency hasn't been able to get an accused company to settle Do Not Call allegations.

Since the registry began in 2003, the FTC has brought more than 40 cases. The biggest case involved satellite television provider DirecTV Inc., which paid a $5.3 million settlement.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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