Jury Awards $20M In Dish Telemarketing Class Action Trial

By Cara Salvatore (January 19, 2017, 7:01 PM EST) -- A jury awarded $20.5 million on Thursday in a post-Spokeo Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action against Dish Network over 51,000 unwanted phone calls.

The verdict followed a five-day trial, according to plaintiffs' attorneys Brian Glasser and John Barrett of Bailey & Glasser LLP. The jury awarded $400 for each unwanted call placed by authorized Dish dealer Satellite Systems Network.

In response to the question, "Was SSN acting as Dish's agent when it made the telephone calls at issue from May 11, 2010, through August 1, 2011?" the jury answered, "Yes."

"Dish's authorized retailer program was a corporate shell game, developed...

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