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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    Victor La Fountaine, 15 Feb 2010 @ 9:05pm

    Re: Your All F'n Deadbeats

    I find your comment extremely inflamotory, and fits with Direct Televisions mis-leading treatment of myself. You were the ones that DID NOT HONOR the agreement I called and asked for, and WAS NOT GIVEN. I specifically called and asked about your rebate offer of $100 dollars to the person recomending you, as well as your offer of the $100 dollars rebate to myself. YOU said yes, I could get Direct Television for the agreed amount of $39 dollars for 59 channels, and when I tried to give YOU the rebate information you needed, was told I COULD NOT GIVE IT TO YOU until the equipment was installed.
    YOU then installed the equipment, and AGAIN I called and AGAIN was now told I could not give you the information for another 30 days. Not believing this? I again called and again was told the same thing. Now you send me a first month's bill for the amount of $69.41,,I again call, and ask if there was a simple biling mistake, and then you tell me I can NOW send the info by email. I asked okay, I would like to pay my bill, will you deduct the credit due for overpayment, as this is NOT WHAT YOU AGREED TO,, you SAID NO,,, AND THAT in fact it would not take affect for another 30 days after this,, I then asked you mean to tell me you promised me in the agreement of $39.95 a month, and now you want be to pay for two months at $69.41 because you would not take the information??? YOU said yes,, I TOLD YOU WHERE TO STICK YOUR SERVICE AND PLEASE COME AND GET IT, THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO HONOR YOUR AGREEMENT, AND NO LONGER WANT TO DEAL WITH YOU IF YOU ARE THIS WAY. Fine you said,, three days later a salesman calls and asks 'WHAT CAN I DO TO KEEP YOUR SERVICE WITH US?" I said, easy,, just honor the agreement,, YOU SAID FINE,, I will refund you $50 dollars AND give you 3 months of movie channel for free,, I SAID THAT WAS FINE,, HOWEVER, I no longer trusted your comments, and to please send an email confirming your apology, and refund. YOU SAID FINE,, I never got any email or warning of one trying to me sent,, SO I AGAIN CALLED YOU,, and YOU TOLD ME YOU WOULD NOT RESEND THE EMAIL,, I SAID THIS IS RIDICULOUS,, SIMPLY RE SEND IT, AND I WILL BE HAPPY TO PAY WHAT I OWE,, YOU WOULD NOT EVEN LET ME TALK TO A SUPERVISOR, AND FLATLY REFUSED TO RESEND YOU AGREEMENT AND APOLOGY,,, I then for sure told you where to stick your antennea,, and now you wand to charge me $471 dollars for your not honouring your agreement in the first place,, I SUBMIT TO YOU, AND WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU IN COURT, THAT YOU ARE IF FACT THE DEAD BEAT, ESPECIALLY WITH YOUR COMMENTS TO EVERYONE,, IN FACT INVITE YOU TO LUNCH???? I WOULD GLADLY BUY??????? I have recorded all the conversations, and in fact also, American Express is waiting for you to take me to court, until then you can threaten bad credit, and am pursueing legal means against you for false credit reporting,,, VERY SINCERELY,, VICTOR LA FOUNTAINE,, extemely dissapointed and aggitated with you...

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