DISH Network Could Face Up to $24 BIllion in Fines for Sales Calls

DISH Network Corp. could face up to $24 billion in fines for violating national Do-Not-Call registry laws, NBC News reported.

The company is on trial in Illinois, where a U.S. district court judge is hearing the case without a jury.

A number of state attorneys general joined the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission in a 2009 lawsuit, accusing DISH of being responsible for more than 57 million unwanted telemarketing calls.

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The lawsuit claims DISH and its vendors violated various state statutes by hiring third-party vendors who called numbers on the Do-Not-Call registry list.

Violations that took place before February 2009 could lead to $11,000 in fines per violation. Anything after that date could cost up to $16,000 per violation. 

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