DirecTV Sues Harmony Bar for Intercepting Satellite Programming


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. ยง 2511 and the common law.

This case has been assigned to Judge Robert Miller, Jr and Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein in the Northern District of Indiana, and assigned case no. 3:10-cv-00185-RLM-CAN.

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

Court: Seventh Circuit > Indiana > Northern District Court

Type: Other Statutes > Cable/Satellite TV

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