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 Villalobos, 6 Jun 2008 @ 8:11am

    Direct TV imporper install

    About a year and a half ago I got direct tv installed at my apartment. The intsaller was supposed to go and verbally confirm with the manager that we could have the service, but never did. He installed our service on the first floor grass area of the building (we lived on the second floor.). He could not attach the dish to any perminent structure, and because of the way our building faced we could only have it in one small spot. After about 9 months our apartment manager said their corperate office was inspecting the property and said we had illegally installed the dish on the ground. We talked with the manager and had the tech come back out and meet with them to have the issue of where to put he dish at resolved to no avail. Our aparment manager then "stole" our dish and hid it in their maitenence building garage. We called the sherrif and he said basically that it was illegally installed, but they should not have stolen it. Then 3 months later after we had it reinstalled in the same spot it dissapears. I was getting the it's not direct tv's problem, it's your problem speech. I found the dish next to the door of that maitenence garage and took it back. I called direct tv agian and informed them of what was going on and long story short, moved into another apartment, but now we face the entirely wrong direction for the dish. He told my wife and I that it's not their fault that our apartment does not face the right direction and that we would have to pay a early termination fee. I suspended my account until I can figure out a way to get out of the fee since where I live they cannot provide service.

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