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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    AST, 17 Aug 2015 @ 3:32pm

    Unethical

    Got our final bill from Direct TV after there support accused me of Piracy, Cancelled service received Credit for $40.42 on final statement. Received a VISA debit card with $20.42. Puzzled?, called and asked why not credited for $40.42 as the statement reflects. In a short, stated it was due to Credit Retention. Just hung the phone up and chalked this one up as a learning experience. WHAT A BUNCH OF CROOKS! MY ADVICE, STAY AWAY. This organization does not have ethical business practices.

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