SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced June 6 that California will receive $53.25 million after a judgment was levied against Dish Network in a national telemarketing case.
According to allegations, Dish Network engaged in a nationwide campaign of illegal telemarketing calls. The company purportedly made thousands of unwanted calls to consumers registered on the Do Not Call Registry. This includes many California consumers. Judge Sue Myerscough of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois made the ruling.
“As families gather around the dinner table each night, they shouldn’t be bombarded by unwanted telemarketing calls,” Becerra said. “Congress established the Do Not Call list to empower consumers and prevent these calls. Dish Network chose to ignore the rules, repeatedly and intentionally violating state and federal telemarketing laws. That type of abuse of Californians guarantees that my team at the Department of Justice will prosecute the wrongdoers."
The court entered the judgment after a five-week bench trial. The other plaintiffs in the case, in addition to California, were the federal government, Illinois, North Carolina and Ohio.