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Dish, EchoStar, Nagrastar Gain $97 Million Bounty In Piracy Battle

Dish Network, co-owned equipment supplier EchoStar Technologies, and conditional access supplier Nagrastar have scored a big victory in their battle against signal piracy, according to the companies.

Dish said Tuesday that a California U.S. District Court had entered a $97 million judgment against Freetech Inc., which had been marketing a device under the Coolsat brand to pirate Dish signals, said the satellite company. There was also a $9 million judgment against the company's officers and owners.

In addition, Freetech agreed to forfeit its liquid assets to Dish and shut down its worldwide business.

A call to Freetech had not been returned at press time.