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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    Dorothy Gaeta, 25 Jun 2008 @ 8:38am

    Re: Contract non-disclosure

    Please let me know if there is a class action suit re "contracts". I have always ordered ppv thru my remote. Last night I received a message to call a three digit number. I am now informed that the "movie business" has enacted stringent rules and I must have a phone connected to my tv in to order ppv. When I discussed cancelling, I was told I would have to pay $20.00 per month until June of 2009. Thanks for any info.

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