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News Story
4/8/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Law360, Chicago (April 08, 2014, 3:22 PM ET) -- A California appeals court on Monday refused to send to arbitration a consumer class action accusing DirecTV Inc. of failing to disclose early termination fees, finding that a waiver of class claims in the company’s arbitration agreement with customers was unenforceable under state law. A...
News Story
3/19/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to read more on this case.   Law360, Los Angeles (March 19, 2014, 9:32 PM ET) -- DirecTV Inc. on Wednesday urged a California appeals court to send a consumer class action alleging inadequate disclosure of early termination fees to arbitration, saying that the U.S. Supreme Court’s AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion decision...
Legal Update
3/6/2014
Posted by Laura Antonini
On March 19, 2014, the California Court of Appeal will hold a hearing on DIRECTV’s attempt to force its customers who were wrongly charged early cancellation penalties to bring claims individually before private arbitrators rather than proceed in court as a class action. The class action lawsuit, brought by Consumer Watchdog’s...
News Story
1/27/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Decision eliminates big obstacle in class action over early cancellations. LOS ANGELES - A state court judge on Thursday denied attempts by broadcast satellite provider DirecTV Inc. to compel arbitration in a class action that alleges consumers were illegally charged up to $480 in early cancellation fees. Superior Court Judge John Shepard...
News Release
11/3/2011
Posted by Pam Pressley
Santa Monica, CA —DIRECTV reported net profit of $516 million for the 3rd Quarter of 2011, bringing its net profit to $1.89 billion for the first 9 months of the year and putting the company on track to top its record 2010 profit of $2.3 billion. DIRECTV’s profits come at the expense of its customers who are assessed hefty “...
News Story
8/31/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Law360, Los Angeles (August 31, 2011) -- A California state judge on Wednesday delayed DirecTV Inc.’s bid to toss a class action alleging inadequate disclosure of early termination fees, waiting on the appeal of a ruling in a similar suit whose claims were found to be immune to waivers. Judge Emilie H. Elias told attorneys she wanted to...
Legal Update
4/12/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
At a hearing on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, DIRECTV customers who were charged cancellation fees of as much as $480 – even if the service was never installed in the first place – asked a California court to let their lawsuit proceed as a “class action.” While the judge put off a decision on the class action, she refused...
News Release
12/15/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog issued the following statement regarding today's announcement of a lawsuit and settlement agreement between the California Attorney General and DIRECTV:   "The lawsuit and settlement agreement announced today by the California Attorney General and DIRECTV – apparently one of a...
News Release
9/22/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Satellite TV Company Charged Unlawful “Early Cancellation” Santa Monica, CA — Consumers who are being charged an “early cancellation penalty” by satellite television company DIRECTV asked the Los Angeles Superior Court to block the company from automatically removing the fees from customers’ bank accounts or...
News Release
7/15/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Satellite TV Company Charges Unlawful "Early Cancellation" Fee, Consumer Advocates Contend   Santa Monica, CA -- A class action lawsuit charging that DIRECTV, the satellite entertainment company, imposes unlawful early cancellation fees of up to $480, often taking the money directly out of a consumer’s credit card or bank...