Federal Court Preliminarily Approves Class Action Settlement

On October 6, 2008, the U.S. District Court preliminarily approved a class action settlement between Washington consumers, represented by Michael Spafford, Jr., and Echostar Communications Corp. in which the Class alleged that Echostar and its retailers, as The Dish Network, unlawfully used automatic dialing and announcing devices (ADADs) to sell satellite television subscriptions and equipment to Washington residents.

The final approval hearing is scheduled for December 3, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. before the Honorable Richard Jones at the Seattle Federal Courthouse at 700 Stewart Street.

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