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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    David Weir, 17 Dec 2007 @ 12:48am

    HD Extra Now 4.99 more!!! For channels they TOOK f

    I have had DirecTV HD service for almost six months witch included ALL hd channels for $9.99 a month... without warning DirecTV took away 5 channels without informing me... I called to see what was happening with the channels I was missing that I had been paying for and they informed me that these channels now fell under a new HD service that I needed to now pay extra for, an additional $4.99 a month... I contacted DirecTV and they explained to me the new service fee for the channels I was already paying for that they have taken away was previous disclosed to me which is not true... they wanted me to "upgrade" to a new programming "base" so they could extend these taken channels to me for three months free... at this point I ended the conversation... thay have recently done this to ALL of their HD customers with no warning before or after this additional service was established...

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