The suit alleges that the company tried to force some consumers to pay thousands of dollars to avoid litigation after claiming that they were using unauthorized cable-television decoder boxes. The suit claims that the company sent letters and phoned people who they suspected had purchased decoder boxes although they had no proof these people were stealing cable programming.
The suit was filed on behalf of seven consumers who were accused of stealing cable, and although they denied the allegations, some agreed to pay the company between $2,000 and $6,000 to avoid mounting legal fees and the loss of cable service. Class action status is being sought in a lawsuit filed against Cablevision Systems Corp. on behalf of New York State consumers who claims that the company conspired to defraud them by falsely accusing cable piracy.
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