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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    Robert Bascom, 18 Jun 2008 @ 11:40am

    DirecTV early termnation scam

    DirecTV promised my son that he would have service when he moved. When they could not get service (no line of sight, 2 tries), they first said there would be no early termination fees (I believe to put us off until after they charged his card for the fees), then canceled the service and charged him early termination fees of $212.50. They now say write to customer service in Colorado and wait three weeks (not that I expect any positive response). I shorten the story as there were many calls made and many different things said (either misinformation or outright lies), but this is the bottom line. I believe they just want to wear us down and hope we give up.

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