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Utah company faces up to $1 trillion in fines after ‘Do Not Call’ verdict

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Posted at 2:09 PM, May 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-28 00:26:07-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- A jury has ruled that a Utah company violated the Do Not Call Registry, making nearly 100 million telemarketing calls to people.

The verdict in the Federal Trade Commission's lawsuit against Corporations for Character, Feature Films for Families and Family Films of Utah was handed down late Wednesday, court records show. The jury found the companies made 99,990,565 phone calls to numbers placed on the Do Not Call Registry.

The jury also found the companies broke the law on several other counts, including Making False Statements in Connection with Telemarketing, Ignoring Entity-Specific Do Not Call Requests, Failing to Transmit Information to Caller Identification Services, Failing to Make Required Oral Disclosures and Abandoning Calls.

Previous court filings indicate the companies faced a potential penalty of $11,000 to $16,000 per violation -- making potential damages in the case nearly $1 trillion.

From the jury verdict form:

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From the jury verdict form finding the companies made nearly 100 million calls to numbers on the Do Not Call Registry.

From the jury verdict form finding the companies made nearly 100 million calls to numbers on the Do Not Call Registry.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Shelby has not imposed a judgment. It is anticipated the companies would appeal of such a fine.

Feature Films for Families is known in Utah for its family-friendly movies, including "The ButterCream Gang," and "The Velveteen Rabbit." Several lawyers on the case, including an attorney for the company, did not return calls or emails seeking comment Friday. A spokesman for the Federal Trade Commission also did not have an immediate comment.