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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    Stacey, 19 Jun 2013 @ 8:37pm

    Direct TV Ripoff Artists

    I have the best programming Direct TV has to offer and I pay a prime rate for this service. One of my genie receivers started giving me trouble about 6 months into my 2 year contract. After being on the phone for over 2 hours per call many times they decided to send out a service tech. That is when she told me I had to pay for the service call and any equipment needed to repair the service. I stated I have the $7.99 a month protection plan, she responded that will reduce the service call to $0 but I would still need to pay for any equipment (average cost 100.00+). She also said the service calls are only 8 am to noon or noon to 4pm mon- fri. Now let me get this straight I pay for a service, I pay for the equipment and I pay for the protection plan each month totaling well over $200.00 but yet it covers nothing. In addition my time away from work, time spent on the phone have no value and if I want out I have to pay! This sounds like a completely one sided game and the only looser is me! They need to pay or make some serious changes, how do I complain to the right people?

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