Thursday, April 14, 2005

Fourth Circuit approves DirecTV civil actions under federal wiretap statutes

In DirecTV Inc. v. Nicholas, the Fourth Circuit in an opinion by Senior Judge Hamilton, joined by Judges Widener and Shedd, reversed District Judge Boyle and ruled that DirecTV could bring civil claims based on 18 U.S.C. 2511 and 18 U.S.C. 2520, based on the "plain language" of the Code sections.

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