Indiana Cable & Satellite TV Litigation: DISH Accuses Indianapolis Man of Interception


Indianapolis, Indiana – In conjunction with Texas co-counsel, an Indiana attorney for Plaintiffs DISH Network L.L.C., Echostar Technologies L.L.C. and Nagrastar LLC, all of Englewood, Colorado, filed an intellectual property lawsuit in the Southern District of Indiana alleging violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Federal Communications Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

Plaintiffs contend that Defendant John Ladd Sr. of Indianapolis, Indiana circumvented DISH Network’s security system by illegally obtaining its control words, also known as “keys,” and using those keys to decrypt and view DISH Network’s copyrighted programming.

In the complaint, filed Friday in Indiana district court, the following claims are made:

• Count I: Circumventing An Access Control Measure In Violation Of The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 1201(a)(1)
• Count II: Receiving Satellite Signals Without Authorization in Violation of the Federal Communications Act, 47 U.S.C. § 605(a)

• Count III: Intercepting Satellite Signals in Violation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. §§ 2511(1)(a) and 2520

Plaintiffs seek various forms of redress including: injunctive relief, statutory and punitive damages, costs, investigative expenses and attorneys’ fees.

Overhauser Law Offices, the publisher of this website, has represented several hundred persons and businesses accused of infringing satellite signals.

The case was assigned to Judge Richard L. Young and Magistrate Judge Denise K. LaRue, in the Southern District of Indiana and assigned Case No. 1:16-cv-00843-RLY-DKL.


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