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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    matt lipps, 13 Oct 2008 @ 9:56am

    Re: Your All F'n Deadbeats

    people dont complain about paying thier bills. they complain of unwarranted charges. you are most likely a bit underprivileged yourself to not acknowledge that mistakes happen that are sometimes at the fault of directv. deadbeats are most often handled best by deadbeats. evidently you are unable to recognize the problem to be something totally different. u probably handle deadbeats well

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