TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: DirecTV to Pay $5.35 Million For Do-Not-Call Violations

DirecTV to Pay $5.35 Million For Do-Not-Call Violations

Monty Solomon (
Wed, 14 Dec 2005 01:15:43 -0500

By Andrew Bridges, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- DirecTV Inc. will pay $5.35 million to settle
charges that its telemarketers called households listed on the
national do-not-call registry to pitch satellite TV programming,
Federal Trade Commission officials said Tuesday.

The proposed settlement, if approved by a federal judge in Los
Angeles, would be the FTC's largest civil penalty in a consumer
protection case.

The DirecTV complaint, filed by the Department of Justice at the FTC's
request, named the company and five telemarketing firms it hired, as
well as six principals of those firms.

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