DirecTV sued over ads on Charter's bankruptcy case

May 12, 2009

(AP) -- Charter Communications Inc. is suing DirecTV Group Inc. over advertisements that try to persuade subscribers to switch TV service by touting Charter's bankruptcy filing.

Charter, a cable TV operator that filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in March, charged satellite TV operator DirecTV with using "false and misleading" ads claiming that Charter couldn't provide the latest technology, add channels or offer new exclusive programming given its financial troubles.

Charter said it has been able to do all that and expects to emerge from protection quickly.

According the Charter, the ads have been running in print, radio, billboards and direct mailings to consumers in Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.

Charter filed the lawsuit late Monday in the U.S. District Court in St. Louis, where the company has its headquarters.

DirecTV spokesman Robert Mercer said the company has not seen the lawsuit and "we stand by the accuracy of our advertising."

Charter sought bankruptcy protection to reorganize $21.7 billion in debt. It has never made a profit since going public in 1999 after piling up debt due to acquisitions.

Shares of Charter, which is controlled by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, were up half a penny to 4 cents in over-the-counter afternoon trading. Shares of El Segundo, Calif.-based DirecTV were down 70 cents, or 3 percent, to $23.98.

©2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Explore further: Cablevision has fastest Internet speeds for cable

Related Stories

DirecTV, Liberty Media detail spinoff plans

May 4, 2009

(AP) -- DirecTV Group Inc., the nation's largest satellite TV provider, said Monday it will be combined with the entertainment unit of Liberty Media Corp. and spun off into a separately traded company.

China joins space data disaster charter

May 24, 2007

China has become a member of the Space and Major Disasters Charter that provides satellite data to nations during natural or human origin disasters.

Fallen star SGI to sell most assets for $25M

April 1, 2009

(AP) -- Silicon Graphics Inc. will sell the remaining shreds of its fraying franchise to Rackable Systems Inc. for $25 million, punctuating the downfall of a former high-tech star that once dazzled investors and customers ...

Recommended for you

A not-quite-random walk demystifies the algorithm

December 15, 2017

The algorithm is having a cultural moment. Originally a math and computer science term, algorithms are now used to account for everything from military drone strikes and financial market forecasts to Google search results.

US faces moment of truth on 'net neutrality'

December 14, 2017

The acrimonious battle over "net neutrality" in America comes to a head Thursday with a US agency set to vote to roll back rules enacted two years earlier aimed at preventing a "two-speed" internet.

FCC votes along party lines to end 'net neutrality' (Update)

December 14, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules Thursday, giving internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T a free hand to slow or block websites and apps as they see fit ...

The wet road to fast and stable batteries

December 14, 2017

An international team of scientists—including several researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory—has discovered an anode battery material with superfast charging and stable operation ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.