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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    Donald Marshall, 4 Jan 2009 @ 12:48pm

    Early termination fees charged by Directv.

    I was a subscriber to direct tv for many years. I upgraded my system to a dvr. I also had a service agreement for repairs should I have difficulty receiving a signal. I had three receivers. Two in my home and one in my Motor home.
    I had a problem receiving the signal in my motor home I called direct tv for repair. I was refused service they stated they do not repair equipment in a motor home. When I purchased the repair agreement I was told I would be covered should any problem arise with all the equipment including repair to the motor home equipment.
    I felt I had nowhere to go but to cancel my service, which I did. I returned my equipment as instructed. I also withdrew authorization to charge my credit card.
    Four days post, my credit card was billed $376.22. I disputed this amount and ultimately the amount was removed.
    At this time my account has been turned over to a collection agency who sent me a letter to pay the amount or my debt would be reported to one or more credit-reporting agencies. In my mind this amounts to blackmail.
    I would like to know if their is a Class action law suit on this issue, and if there is I would like to be a part of that law suit.
    I await your responses.
    Donald Marshall

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