Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Chief Judge Jones rules on remedy for DirecTV against alleged signal bandits

In DirecTV, Inc. v. Adkins, Chief Judge Jones of the W.D. Va. ruled in favor of DirecTV on the question of what is the appropriate remedy for the plaintiff in this signal theft case. The Court granted plaintiff's request for statutory damages and injunctive relief, the award of statutory damages being $10,000 per device. The Court noted that "[b]ecause the
statute deems the selling or distributing of each device to be a separate violation . . . , DIRECTV’s request would amount to awards of $2,050,000 against defendant Adkins, $150,000 against defendant Coleman, $200,000 against defendant Dykes, and $820,000 against defendant Rife."

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