Groundbreaking jury verdict finds Utah firms made 117 million illegal telemarketing calls

In what the Federal Trade Commission is calling a first-of-its-kind verdict, a jury has found that a Utah man and his three movie companies are responsible for a variety of “deceptive and unlawful” selling practices that include 117 million illegal telemarketing calls.

In a case that has already dragged on since 2011, the jury ruling enforces both the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule and its enormously popular Do Not Call Registry rules. The judge has yet to assess civil penalties, but since they can be as high as $ 16,000 per violation it’s safe to assume the total will fall somewhere south of the $ 1.9 trillion maximum for just those illegal calls.

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Network World Paul McNamara