Dish Network hit with $20m telemarketing fine

A North Carolina jury levied a massive $20.5 million fine on Charlie Ergen’s Dish Network for making 51,000 illegal telemarketing calls to numbers pre-registered on the ‘Do Not Call’ system.
The fine works out at $400 per violation and the scale permitted to the jury ranged from a nominal zero or $1 per violation to as high as $500, and thus suggesting that the jury wanted to make an example of the offences.

Ergen and the Dish legal team say they are considering their options which include appealing the decision.

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