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US appeals court upholds Dish Network robocall violations; Illinois to get $17-million in settlement

US appeals court upholds Dish Network robocall violations; Illinois to get $17-million in settlement

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court judgment and injunction against Dish Network for illegal phone calls to people on the Do Not Call Registry.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals found Friday that Dish Network is responsible for the robocalls because its retailers were acting as Dish’s agents. And it rejected a claim by Dish that penalties for the conduct are unconstitutionally excessive.

After a five-week trial in 2017, the U.S. District Court for Illinois’ central district found Dish liable for more than 97 million violations and imposed fines of $280 million, with $17 million directed to Illinois.