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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    Eric Fischer, 5 Jun 2007 @ 3:40pm

    DIRECTV Scams

    Last month directv called my mother (73 years old and had recently had a stroke) and said they had bought out Dish Network so they sent a private contractor over and installed Directv and stole her Dish Network satalite dish and left the other Dish equipment in her house. She called Dish to find out Directv did not purchase Dish Network so Dish reinstalled their equipment at no charge. Now Directv has sent several bills for service,($71.60- & two for $336.88 in which $137.00 was for early termination,) and equipment costs in which I (her 40 year old son) am having to battle with Directv over. Directv even gave me a false address & phone number of the supposed "private contractor and said they have no record of the private contractors license number. Oh and someone from Directv called my mother the VERY NEXT DAY after Dish reinstalled their stuff and made the same bullshit lie of buying out Dish Network.If Directv is stooping to the level of scamming Senior Citizens how low will they go? Can Legal action be taken against Dirctv? Or will our Government just protect Directv like they do other "Big Business"?

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