Dish is accused of making (or having made on its behalf) more than 55 million telemarketing calls and telemarketing robocalls to landlines and mobile numbers. Dish Network counters that these calls were made way back in 2008, and compares the fine to the mere $75,000 that one of its resellers had to pay recently for similar violations.
“Most of the Dish calls complained about took place almost ten years ago and Dish has continued to improve its already compliant procedures,” the company said in a statement. However, state and federal laws on telemarketing fine callers per violation, and there are 55 million documented violations. At $16,000 each, that adds up.
The total fines, most of which are owed to the four states suing, add up to roughly the entire value of the publicly traded company. The other 46 states settled for a total of $6 million, but prosecutors for the federal government and for California, Illinois, North Carolina, and Ohio are not messing around.