Consumers’ suit against DIRECTV may proceed

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DirecTVDIRECTV’s arbitration clause does not bar DIRECTV customers from suing the company for illegal early termination fees, the Second District Court of Appeals has ruled. The decision allows the case to proceed to trial. The class action suit, filed in September 2008, charges that DIRECTV imposes unlawful early cancellation fees of up to $480, often taking the money directly out of a consumer’s credit card or bank account without the customer’s permission.

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Carl has been with RBR-TVBR since 1997 and is currently Managing Director/Senior Editor. Residing in Northern Virginia, he covers the business of broadcasting, advertising, programming, new media and engineering. He’s also done a great deal of interviews for the company and handles our ever-growing stable of bylined columnists.