Thousands of known DirecTV customers who received illegal texts will lose their right to arbitrate their privacy claims
Lieff Cabraser and Co-Counsel have requested the district court for permission to contact nearly 9,100 known DIRECTV customers who were plaintiffs’ in a 2015 Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) class action lawsuit against the satellite TV giant to notify them that in the wake of the class action suit, they may now bring individual privacy violation claims against DIRECTV under the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA).
A confidentiality order from an earlier phase of litigation currently bars the plaintiffs from direct outreach to the thousands of known privacy breach victims. As Reuters reports, those impacted by the company’s wrongdoing will never know of privacy right breaches or have the opportunity to bring their contractually-mandated individual arbitration claims.
“All we want to do is inform these folks that they have these claims so they can pursue them and hold DTV to its promises,” stated Lieff Cabraser partner Jonathan D. Selbin, who represents the plaintiffs in the case. “Having secretly violated these consumers’ statutory privacy rights and successfully forced them to arbitrate those claims, DIRECTV now wants to ensure they never even learn they have such claims so they cannot even arbitrate them. It’s like a football team choosing the playing field, the rules, and the refs, and then not even telling the other team there’s even a game.”