Jump to content

Welcome to DBSTalk

Sign In 

Create Account
Welcome to DBSTalk. Our community covers all aspects of video delivery solutions including: Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS), Cable Television, and Internet Protocol Television (IPTV). We also have forums to discuss popular television programs, home theater equipment, and internet streaming service providers. Members of our community include experts who can help you solve technical problems, industry professionals, company representatives, and novices who are here to learn.

Like most online communities you must register to view or post in our community. Sign-up is a free and simple process that requires minimal information. Be a part of our community by signing in or creating an account. The Digital Bit Stream starts here!
  • Reply to existing topics or start a discussion of your own
  • Subscribe to topics and forums and get email updates
  • Send private personal messages (PM) to other forum members
  • Customize your profile page and make new friends
Guest Message by DevFuse


Time Warner Sues Directv Retailer

  • This topic is locked This topic is locked
1 reply to this topic

#1 OFFLINE   streamlcomm


    New Member

  • Registered
  • 4 posts
Joined: Nov 20, 2003

Posted 11 January 2006 - 11:45 PM

Imitation isn’t the sincerest form of flattery, as far as Time Warner Cable is concerned. So the MSO is suing one of DirecTV Inc.’s retailers for false advertising.

The dealer is trying to trick consumers who think they’re calling Time Warner into signing up for DirecTV service instead by using “fictitious business names that are confusingly similar to Time Warner,” according to allegations in the suit filed last Friday in U.S. District Court in Southern California.

The action charged that DirecTV retailer LA Activations Inc. of Santa Ana, Calif., is obtaining toll-free business numbers under names such as “Time Warned,” “Time Warn” and “Time Warne,” among others.

“As a result of this ruse, some customers who call directory assistance for Time Warner’s phone number are connected to or given LA Activations’ toll-free number,” the suit said. “These customers are unaware that they have been hijacked to a direct competitor of Time Warner.”

When consumers call the LA Activations number, they are initially given the false sense that they’ve reached Time Warner, and they are then pitched DirecTV service, according to the suit.

Only LA Activations, which claims to be “one of the top-ranked DirecTV distributors nationwide,” is named as a defendant in Time Warner’s suit. Officials at LA Activations couldn’t be reached for comment Monday.

DirecTV isn’t named as a defendant in the lawsuit. And DirecTV spokesman Jon Gieselman said, “We will not comment on recently filed lawsuits or pending litigation.”

Time Warner claimed that LA Activations is using the same “tactic” it cites in its suit against other cable operators in Southern California, such as Adelphia Communications Corp., Charter Communications Inc. and Comcast Corp. For example, LA Activations has toll-free numbers listed under names such as “Adelphea” and “Chartar,” according to the suit.

Time Warner’s San Diego division has 200,000 subscribers in San Diego County and 145,000 in areas such as Riverside County and Barstow.

The lawsuit seeks damages and charges trademark infringement, unfair competition, false advertising and unfair competition under California law. Time Warner also wants LA Activations to be barred from making deceptive representations and unlawfully competing against the cable operator.
Streamline Communication
Denver, CO

...Ads Help To Support This Site...

#2 OFFLINE   Nick


    Retired, part-time PITA

  • DBSTalk Club
  • 21,796 posts
  • LocationThe Beautiful Golden Isles of Georgia
Joined: Apr 23, 2002

Posted 12 January 2006 - 07:12 AM

I think the telephone companies and their phone book publishers are culpable
and should have been listed in the suit as co-defendants. Then they might be a
little more particular when signing up new telephone subscribers.

Whatever happened to honesty and integrity? :shrug:


~ 14th Year on DBSTalk ~
Charter Gold Club Member
DBSTalk Club ~ 21k Club
Top 10 Poster


Protected By... spam firewall...And...