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Date: 07/09/2004 (Date of Consent Decree)
Misconduct Type: Consumer Affairs
Enforcement Agency: FCC
Contracting Party: None
Court Type: Administrative
Synopsis: The Federal Communications Commission fined AT&T Corp. for allegedly phoning customers who had asked not to be called again. The FCC claimed AT&T repeatedly solicited 29 consumers on 78 separate occasions over a period of 12 months after they had asked AT&T telemarketers not to call, a violation of a longstanding FCC rule that requires telemarketers to honor company-specific no-call lists. The fine was ultimately reduced to $490,000 (from $780,000) after the company disputed several of the complaints. AT&T admitted no wrongdoing as part of the settlement.