Illinois Court Approves Settlement of Class Action Suit Against DirectTV Over DVD Marketing Offer

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The Circuit Court for the 20th Judicial Circuit in St. Clair County granted final approval of a class action settlement against DirectTV over a portable DVD marketing offer.

The Circuit Court for the 20th Judicial Circuit in St. Clair County granted final approval of a class action settlement in the case of Kolker v. DirectTv (Cause No. 07-L-240) over a portable DVD marketing offer.

As an incentive for signing a long-term commitment, DirectTV offered a portable DVD player. The class action case was brought by customers who signed the commitment and returned a valid redemption form, but never received the player. Under this settlement, DirectTV subscribers who submitted redemption forms will receive a free portable DVD player (approximate retail value of $129) with no fewer features than the ones advertised by DirectTV. For those class members who received the traditional stationary DVD player instead of the portable player that was promised, they will keep the stationary player (approximate retail value of $29). For those class members who did not even receive the traditional stationary DVD player, they will also receive a traditional stationary DVD in addition to the portable DVD player. In other words, class members will have received both (1) the portable DVD player, (2) and a traditional stationary DVD player.    
DirectTV also paid for claims notice, claims administrative costs, attorneys' fees and legal costs.

"The Lakin Law Firm is committed to representing and protecting consumers," said Bradley Lakin of The Lakin Law Firm. "Few people have the time, energy, or resources to pursue a small claim against a major corporation. Fortunately, we were able to get class members more than what they were promised in the first place."

To be eligible for the refund, Class Members must submit claim forms by September 6, 2008.

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