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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    Alex, 7 May 2010 @ 6:25pm

    directv

    I am not going to sit here and say directv is amazing or the best company in the world, i work for them as a customer service rep and they suck as an employer but as a tv service provider, everyone seriously? its in your contracts, its in the agreements you all sign without reading, i just had a customer retention course and i read it, yeah its lengthy but its all there, you all complain but its in the contract that YOU SIGN! i hate working for dtv, i found another job and will no longer be working for them next month. best of luck out there

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