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Dish Network Sued by FTC Over ‘Do Not Call’ Violations

Aug. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Dish Network Corp. was sued by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and accused of violating the agency’s National Do Not Call Registry in its telemarketing operations.

The FTC said in a lawsuit filed yesterday in federal court in Springfield, Illinois, that the second-largest U.S. satellite-television provider illegally called millions of consumers who asked its telemarketers or its affiliates not to call them again.

“We have vigorously enforced the Do Not Call rules and will continue to do so to protect consumers’ right to be left alone in the privacy of their own homes,” FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said in a statement.

Leibowitz said it was “particularly disappointing when a well-established, nationally known company -- which ought to know better -- appears to have flagrantly and illegally made millions of invasive calls to Americans who specifically told Dish Network to leave them alone.”

Dish said in an e-mailed statement that it disputed the FTC’s allegations, saying its marketing practices reflect “best-in-class standards” and have been certified by an independent third-party expert after a thorough review.

“We vigorously will defend ourselves against the claims,” John Hall, a spokesman for Englewood, Colorado-based Dish, said in the statement.

DirecTV, based in El Segundo, California, is the largest satellite TV provider.

The case is Federal Trade Commission v. Dish Network LLC, 3:12-cv-03221, U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois (Springfield).

To contact the reporter on this story: Sara Forden in Washington at sforden@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net.

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