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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    Royce Bidwell, 13 Jan 2010 @ 7:49pm

    Re: DIRECTV

    I will not get into details in this forum. However, was a former employee unrighfully let go, and would like contacted anyone regarding unfair employee treatment and letting go honest employees meanwhile keeping employees warned time and time again, they stayed because of sales numbers that looked good, but should not have been sales to begin with.

    Yet Directv let go employees who did their job honestly with integrity, even got raises and promotions for being company assets, but they became dispensible when they did not resort to cheating sales numbers.

    Myself and others need legal council, but cannot afford it. I am confident with research and interviews of current and former employees there is a legitimate lawsuit.

    I would like someone to contact me to see if there is a case here or not?

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