I had to use dish network for internet service because no other internet was available and I needed internet for my work. They force you to sign a 2 year contract or you can't get service. They charged 77 a month just for internet. (which I paid every month because I had to have internet.) Then when I had to leave they said it would cost 315 for an "early termination fee." I told them I was going to dispute it and go to the BBB. They took the money out of my account without my approval. They did this to a friend of mine too. They are obviously doing it to a lot of people. They said they notified me but I never got any notices. Can I start a class action lawsuit? This is like charging someone an early termination fee for water or electricity.
Was the early termination fee in your original contract? I'd bet it was. You can consult with a litigation attorney to see what his or her opinion is on the matter, but mine is that you don't have much of a case.
As for the argument comparing shutting off your Internet to shutting off water or electricity, clean, working water/plumbing and properly working electricity are legally necessary to make a home/building habitable. Internet is not. I know you needed it to make your working from home efficient/possible, but arguing that it is an essential utility unfortunately won't take you very far.
Don't get me wrong; I don't like these contracts and their early termination fees, but that doesn't mean they're unlawful.
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I agree with Mrs. Siebert. What matters is what is in your contract. Also, nobody forced you to sign the contract. You needed their service, so you agreed to their terms. That's it. Read the small print to find your answer. I feel your pain, but I'd guess direct tv has acted according to the terms to which you agreed.
You seem to like to ask the same questions over and over again. Perhaps you might consider actually taking the suggestions offered, and hire an attorney who can give you specific advice.
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