FTC accuses Dish of violating Do Not Call rules

According to the FTC suit, Dish maintained a list of people who had asked not to be contacted, but continued to call those people, pushing its satellite TV packages.

"We have vigorously enforced the Do Not Call rules and will continue to do so to protect consumers' right to be left alone in the privacy of their own homes," FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said in a statement. "It is particularly disappointing when a well-established, nationally known company — which ought to know better — appears to have flagrantly and illegally made millions of invasive calls to Americans who specifically told Dish Network to leave them alone." 

The complaint asks the court to fine Dish and to order the company to stop making the calls.

Dish is currently in court fighting another government lawsuit first filed in 2009 that claims the company called consumers on the Do Not Call list.

John Hall, a Dish spokesman, said the company disputes the FTC's claims and plans to "vigorously" defend itself.

"We manage our marketing practices to best-in-class standards. In fact, our policies have been certified by an independent third party industry expert after an extensive audit," Hall said.

—Updated with a comment from Dish at 2:07 p.m.