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, 13 Dec 2008 @ 10:09am

    Getting Back DTV

    Here is a suggestion. I just went with Dish and began posting all this stuff on the finacial boards. I hope to get the Short Sellers to begin hitting DTV stock. If enough people poet on those investors will take a look. No investor wants to be in a dieing company. They are making the numbers by hitting everyone underhanded. Look at E-Trade.
    If everyone started going to the competition cable,dish whatever this shows growth on dish and DTV losing market share and investors start pulling out. Govt is not going to do anyhting. I tried to file that in Fl you have to have signiture to lease anything over 1 year as in most states.
    I have not heard back from them and figure I wont.
    As for Scott West I hope DTV goes under and I will work for collections free to hound that prick.
    Class Action I am in for lease fees and Free upgrades turning into long term contracts because a rep said my equipment needed upgraded.
    Tell the complaints to the investment boards and if you can short stocks this is a good to short probably only way to get my $500.00 cancelation fee back after they said they waived it and it went out my bank this morning. After telling them they were not autherized to do it.

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