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DIRECTV continues legal action against bars and restaurants that misuse programming

DIRECTV is taking legal action against restaurants and bars that are misusing or misappropriating DIRECTV programming and recently obtained a $50,000 judgment against a New York bar. This is not the first commercial misuse case for DIRECTV.

The $50,000 judgment was the result of a civil lawsuit DIRECTV filed against Bounce Deuce for violations of several federal statutes, including the Cable Communications Act of 1984 (47 U.S.C. §605), which provides for statutory damages of up to $100,000 per violation. The lawsuit against Bounce Deuce was one of five complaints DIRECTV filed last year against commercial establishments in New York and Florida. DIRECTV has several other commercial misuse investigations underway across the country.

The judgment was entered against Bounce Deuce for its unauthorized showing of the 2006 NFL SUNDAY TICKET package. In December, DIRECTV filed two other similar civil complaints against commercial establishments in New York. Those cases are pending in federal court.

In April 2006, DIRECTV filed civil complaints against two Florida commercial establishments for the unauthorized public display and misappropriation of DIRECTV residential service for commercial purposes. Both matters have been resolved.

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