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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    ken, 5 Jul 2007 @ 9:01pm

    Re: DIRECTV Scams

    Man, that sucks! I can tell you this- They have records of who they paid out to on that install. no one is gonna go install it with no hopes of getting paid. It may take a short while to obtain, but they have it. Call DTV and ask the tech number who CLOSED the job out as being completed, Then track that tech. It more than likely is a private retailer, and btw- DTV doesn't waste time with calling customers back, theres no money in it. It couldn't have been a real DTV rep that called..just read the consumer reports and the threads- you have to call them.

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