"The court is holding Dish responsible for telemarketing activities conducted by independent third parties, including in circumstances where such third parties intentionally hid their telemarketing efforts from Dish," a Dish spokesman said in a statement. "The penalties awarded in this case radically and unjustly exceed . Those found in the settlements in similar actions." An investigation by the Federal Trade Commission determined that Dish had violated provisions that prohibit telemarketing calls, and so called robocalls, to phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry.