SWBCK files class action alleging that DirectTV charges illegal early termination fees.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESchneider Wallace File Consumer Class Action Complaint Against DirecTV, Inc. Alleging Unlawful Early Termination Fees Los Angeles, California (September 17, 2008) − Schneider, Wallace Cottrell Brayton Konecky LLP filed a class action lawsuit today
against DirecTV Group, Inc. (“DirecTV”) in the Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles challenging DirecTV’s imposition of early termination fees against its customers.
The lawsuit alleges that under DirecTV’s normal procedures, customers never enter into a valid contract to pay this type of charge. They also claim that, even if customers signed an agreement, the early termination fees constitute illegal punitive damages on customers.
The complaint alleges that DirecTV collected early termination fees directly from the accounts of Plaintiffs Amy Imburgia and Marlene Mecca without their knowledge and
consent, when they cancelled their service. According to the complaint, neither of the plaintiffs agreed to a term commitment nor were they told about the potential application of an early termination fee.
Plaintiffs are pursuing a refund of the early termination fees
paid by DirecTV customers in California and seek to require changes in DirecTV’s policies. “Our clients allege DirecTV deceives and traps its customers by not informing them of contract terms or even that they are under contract until they want to discontinue service. This type of business practice is a direct violation of California’s consumer protection laws,” said Deanna Dailey of Sprenger & Lang (co-counsel to Schneider Wallace), one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs.
“All too often, companies are imposing illegal and unfair penalties on consumers in an effort to lock consumers into long-term contracts and limit consumer choice. We are
proud of Ms. Imburgia and Ms. Mecca for standing up for their rights and look forward to their day in court,” said Todd Schneider, who also represents the plaintiffs.