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Legal Update
10/6/2015
Posted by Jamie Court
Our attorneys' report from the US Supreme Court is that this morning’s oral argument didn’t reveal which way the majority was leaning in Imburgia v. DIRECTV. At issue is whether millions of consumers who paid exorbitant early termination fees can go to court in our class action, or are stuck in one-on-one mandatory arbitrations...
News Story
10/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Supreme Court will hear DirecTV's bid to block suit over early cancellation fees The Supreme Court's conservative justices have long been skeptical of class-action lawsuits that may be profitable for trial lawyers but can be costly to companies. Judges in California have leaned the other way, fearing consumers and employees will be...
Courtroom Case
9/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Imburgia and Greiner v. DIRECTV Los Angeles Superior Court No. BC 398295 Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, No. B239361 During 2008, Consumer Watchdog received complaints from the public concerning unexpected and undisclosed equipment charges by DIRECTV when customers terminated satellite television service, either because they moved and...
Legal Update
9/16/2015
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Seven years ago, Consumer Watchdog’s legal team brought a class action lawsuit against DIRECTV on behalf of California customers who were charged unlawful early cancellation fees of up to $480 – often taken directly out of a consumer’s bank account or charged to a credit card without the customer’s permission. Next month,...
News Release
4/24/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today welcomed the demise of the Comcast -Time Warner Cable deal in the face of strong objections by federal regulators as a victory for consumers and the public interest group called on the Federal Communications Commission and Justice Department to block the pending merger of AT&T and DIRECTV. When...
News Release
3/13/2015
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog, the California-based non-profit that sued DIRECTV for abusive practices 7 years ago on behalf of overcharged consumers, hailed the Federal Trade Commission’s decision to take legal action against the satellite company for similar anti-consumer practices. And it said the FTC’s sister agency,...
News Release
2/25/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
Los Angeles, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reject AT&T’s proposed purchase of the satellite television company DIRECTV unless the company agrees to eliminate DIRECTV’s anti-consumer policy of charging massive Early Termination Fees, often taken directly from a customer...
News Story
5/15/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Imburgia v. DIRECTV Inc., No. B239361 (Cal. Ct. App. Apr. 7, 2014) The California Court of Appeal ruled that the trial court properly denied DIRECTV's motion to compel arbitration of customers' claims challenging the legality of early termination fees. The entire agreement was unenforceable by the express terms of its choice of law...
Video
5/1/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
AT&T has approached DirecTV the largest satellite TV provider in the United States about an acquisition. Will this mean bad deals and less choice for the customer? KABC Los Angeles asks what could happen, if another monopoly is allowed to go through.
News Release
4/8/2014
Posted by Pam Pressley
Santa Monica, CA — DIRECTV’s arbitration clause does not bar DIRECTV customers from suing the company for illegal early termination fees, the California Court of Appeal ruled Monday afternoon. The decision allows the case to proceed to trial. The class action lawsuit, filed in September 2008, charges that DIRECTV imposes unlawful early...