DirecTV Charged With Extortion In Class Action Suit

from the shouldn't-you-have-proof-of-a-crime-before-you-demand-money? dept

We've written about DirecTV's questionable legal strategy a few times in the past. After getting their hands on the customer lists of some companies that were selling smart card readers, DirecTV sent legal nastygrams to everyone on those lists, accusing them of stealing DirecTV signals. This ignored, of course, the fact that those card readers have other (legitimate purposes). While it's likely that many people did use them for illegally accessing satellite TV signals, DirecTV had no specific proof, other than their name on a customer list. On top of that, the letter made it clear that as long as people paid up $3,500, they wouldn't get sued. In a lot of ways, it's difficult to distinguish that from extortion, and so a group of those accused by DirecTV have filed a class action lawsuit against the company for these actions. DirecTV claims the suit has no merit and that it will be thrown out (as similar cases in the state of California have been).

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    christopher deherrera, 17 Jan 2011 @ 3:20pm

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    It IS illegal to take people's money, and perhaps the act wouldn't be so bad but there are plenty of legal discloures that are glossed over or not disclosed at all. DIRECTV is infamous for their misleading ads and poor customer service. DIRECTV has had over 40,000 complaints from customers for false advertisements to the Better Business Bureau. I would at least do some research on DISH to see what we're all about you can go to DISH.com! –Christopher DeHerrera/DISH Employee

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