Dish settles with 46 state attorneys general


Dish Network has reached agreements with the attorneys general of 46 states over allegations of deceptive and unfair sales practices by its third-party retailers. Dish didn’t disclose the financial terms…but the AGs did.

Dish will pay $5.99 million to the various states to settle the allegations, but in addition to that it will pay an unspecified amount of restitution to consumers. It will modify its marketing practices.

As described on the website of Florida’s AG, a multistate investigation led to allegations that Dish Network made telemarketing calls to consumers in violation of do-not-call rules; failed to disclose all terms and conditions of their customer agreements, including the availability of rebates, credits and free offers; charged customer credit cards and debited bank accounts without providing adequate notice and obtaining appropriate authorization; and refused to accept responsibility for the misconduct of its third-party retailers and installers.

According to Dish, there was no finding of any violation or wrongdoing by the company under the settlement with the AGs.