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Though Sen. Bob Corker isn't big on consumer protection
, we can be thankful that the nation's attorneys general are. Forty-six states reached a settlement today with satellite provider DISH Network over the commission of vast acts of scumbaggery.
It's only for $6 million dollars, and Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper says the state's take will be a mere $325,000, but at least someone's standing up to predator companies like this. As the Memphis Commercial Appeal notes
, DISH Networks attacks on its own customers were as sweeping as they were shameful:
The settlement resolves the states' allegations, including that DISH Network: refused to accept responsibility for the misconduct of its third-party retailers and installers; made telemarketing calls to consumers in violation of do-not-call registries; failed to disclose all terms and conditions of their customer agreements, including the availability of rebates, credits and free offers; did not disclose that purchased or leased equipment was previously used and/or refurbished; made reference to competitors' price offers when the goods or services being compared were materially different; and charged customer credit cards and debited bank accounts without providing adequate notice and obtaining appropriate authorization.