South Bend, Indiana – Intellectual property attorneys for DirecTV, Inc. of California filed a lawsuit alleging Susan Shipton and Harmony Bar Inc., d/b/a The Harmony Bar, a/k/a/ Harmony Bar, both of Michigan City, IN, intercepted and publicly showed an encrypted satellite broadcast transmitted as part of the plaintiff’s premium “NFL Sunday Ticket” service. The complaint states that the defendants had no authorization to receive this broadcast and raises causes of action under the Cable Communications Policy Act as well as 18 U.S.C. § 2511 and the common law.
Practice Tip: The Cable Communications Policy Act includes a fixed, or “statutory,” damages scheme in the event that a plaintiff bringing a claim under the Act cannot prove its actual damages.Complaint – Directv v. Shipton
Further information about this case is as follows:
Filed: May 10, 2010 as 3:2010cv00185 Updated: May 12, 2010 01:50:39
Plaintiff: Directv Inc
Defendants: Harmony Bar Inc and Susan Shipton
Judge: Robert L Miller
Cause Of Action: Federal Communications Act of 1934