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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    Chris_USAF, 14 May 2008 @ 2:03pm

    Re: Contract non-disclosure

    I am ON BOARD with this! Contact me offline, and I will put everything I have into a class action against these jokers!

    My argument is the early cancellation fee policy:
    "If you do not fulfill your Programming Commitment, DIRECTV may charge you a fee of up to $360 for standard equipment or $480 for advanced receivers."

    Why is nobody challenging the "may" in that statement? Under what criteria are you able to cancel WITHOUT paying the fee? Obviously there is something there, but nobody from DirecTV will answer my question.

    They told me over the phone that I wouldn't be charged the fee to cancel, then turned around and ripped $438 from by bank account, forcing my car payment to bounce!

    I want to nail these guys to the wall!

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