DIRECTV Files Additional Lawsuits

In its ongoing battle against satellite TV pirates, El Segundo-based DIRECTV said yesterday that it has filed suit in Texas against 12 individuals for fraduently activating programming accounts. The suite includes at least 10 former DIRECTV customer service agents, who created false subscription accounts to link access cards and allowed pirates to sell and receive DIRECTV programming without payment. The company said that it found that employees at its call center in Pharr Texas were involved in the scheme, which had the employees creating false information in the company's databases and activating unauthorized access cards for sale in Texas, New York, North Carolina, and other locations. The company said that it has terminated or suspended all of the employees.