LOS ANGELES (CN) – DirecTV defrauded subscribers by selling them “lifetime” contracts allowing them to record TV shows, then imposing a monthly fee for it this year, a class action claims in Superior Court.
Named plaintiff Joel Kozberg says he paid $199 in 2001 for a “lifetime service fee” that gave him the right to digitally record shows that DirecTV distributed. He says that in January this year, and every month since, DirecTV has charged him $5.99 for this. When he protested, he says, “DirecTV’s representative told plaintiff that DirecTV no longer honored its ‘lifetime’ DVR service agreement and would neither refund the past monthly charges nor stop the monthly charges in the future.”
That’s fraud, Kozberg says. He demands compensatory and punitive damages and an injunction. He is represented by David Freedman.
A search of the CNS database revealed 37 class action complaints filed against DirecTV since Jan. 1, 2004.