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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    rachel, 23 Mar 2009 @ 10:38am

    Re: Lease fee for personally purchased/owned equipment

    Hey, they are still doing this...I purchased my own HD DVR, and when I saw the lease fee, they informed me it was strictly for insurance purposes ( since I paid for the insurance- yes stupid) and then they would credit my lease fee...(which they did), and now that I've cancelled my service they are telling me that I must send them my HD DVR since it actually belongs to them... and that wonderful customer service rep has the nerve to tell me that they will bill me if I do not send it in!

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