Thousands of people who got a telemarketing call for Dish Network in 2010 or 2011 may be able to collect $1,200 per call.
If you think that sounds too good to be true, you’re not alone.
It turns out lawyers say they are having trouble convincing people to sign up to get the money they’re owed from the $61 million class-action lawsuit.
Deborah Turner says she got unwanted calls from Dish Network. Salespeople for Dish Network allegedly dialed her 15 times in 2010 and 2011 asking her to sign up for their satellite TV service.
She said the continual calls were annoying.
So, when she got another call from a man telling her she could receive up to $18,000 through a class-action lawsuit she didn’t believe it.
“Uh, yeah, right was my first thought,” she said.
Attorney John Barrett is hearing that a lot as he tries to contact a group of people who may be eligible for thousands of dollars each.
“Talking to them firsthand, I learned that they thought that we were “A”, telemarketers. Or “B” trying to scam them. And trying to take their money,’’ said Barrett.
Some people just won’t answer. Others hang up on Barrett despite the fact he did win a lawsuit against Dish Network for what a jury found was “illegal telemarketing.”
The jury awarded $400 for each of the 51,000 calls made in violation of the do-not-call registry.
Not only that, a judge later determined Dish Network “willfully and knowingly violated” the law and tripled the damages to $1,200 dollars per call.
“The evidence was that Dish Network knew what was going on,” said Barrett. “It had the ability to control. It had the ability to put an end to it. But didn’t.”
Dish Network is appealing the ruling.
The company blames an outside contractor which has since shut down and told CBS News “these calls violated Dish’s express instructions to the contractor.”
Meanwhile attorney Barrett is hoping more people pick up the phone
“We have an obligation to be standing up on the mountaintops shouting about the result that we got in this lawsuit to try to reach the people that need to be reached,” he said.
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