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Dish Network hit with record $280 million fine for 'Do Not Call' violations

Dish Network hit with record $280 million fine for 'Do Not Call' violations

A federal judge in Illinois has hit satellite TV provider Dish Network with $280 million in penalties for violating "Do Not Call" telemarketing rules in an 8-year-old case.

The ruling, issued Monday by the U.S. District Court in Springfield, found Dish liable for millions of telephone sales calls to consumers prohibited by Federal Trade Commission and state regulations.

The Department of Justice and four states — Illinois, California, North Carolina and Ohio — filed the case against Dish in 2009, which came to trial last year. The complaint alleged that Dish and its telemarketing vendors repeatedly contacted consumers on the National Do Not Call Registry and made...

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