Lawsuits

Action, Injunction, and Civil Search Order Obtained Against Binh Dao (Emeryville Electronics/Belle River Satellite) and Sean Guthrie (Lasalle Connection)

In December 2014, NagraStar LLC, EchoStar Technologies LLC, and DISH Network L.L.C. commenced a civil action and executed an Anton Piller (civil seizure) order against Binh Dao of Belle River, Ontario, Sean Guthrie of Amherstberg, Ontario, at their respective businesses, Emeryville Electronics/Belle River Satellite and Lasalle Connection, in the Windsor, Ontario, region.

The companies say that Dao and Guthrie were dealers in illegally-modified satellite equipment and subscriptions to internet key sharing (IKS) servers that provided their customers with decryption keys used to steal the US-based satellite television programming services offered by DISH Network.

The execution of the Anton Piller order resulted in the seizure of numerous unlawful DISH Network receivers, piracy equipment and devices, computers and records identifying customers of Dao and Guthrie, their suppliers, and the operators of the IKS servers that they supported.

An injunction was also obtained against Dao and Guthrie restraining them from engaging in satellite television piracy.

Following the execution of the Anton Piller order, the companies added as defendants to the action Kim Dao, the son of Dao, and Keith Ashley, an associate of Dao’s, and amended the claim to allege that Dao’s wife Thi Nhuan Nguyen was also involved in Dao’s satellite piracy business.

This action is another step in the companies’ continuing efforts against satellite television piracy throughout North America.

Federal Court enters final judgment against NFPS end-user Ulises Rios, awards $10,000 in statutory penalties, and issues a permanent injunction

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On March 9, 2015 the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California granted DISH Network and NagraStar’s motion for final judgment against Ulises Rios. Rios was sued by DISH Network and NagraStar for federal claims arising out of his subscription to the NFPS IKS service. The Court’s order includes a permanent injunction against Rios as well as an award of $10,000 in statutory damages (the maximum damages per violation) under the Electronics Communication Privacy Act. DISH Network and NagraStar continue to investigate and take action against those responsible for trying to circumvent the companies’ security system in order to gain unauthorized access to DISH Network programming.

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Federal Court enters final judgment against NFPS end-user Mourad LaTreche, awards $10,000 in statutory penalties, and issues a permanent injunction

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On February 27, 2015 the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted DISH Network and NagraStar’s motion for final judgment against Mourad LaTreche. LaTreche was sued by DISH Network and NagraStar for federal claims arising out of his subscription to the NFPS IKS service. The Court’s order includes a permanent injunction against LaTreche as well as an award of $10,000 in statutory damages (the maximum damages per violation) under the Electronics Communication Privacy Act. DISH Network and NagraStar continue to investigate and take action against those responsible for trying to circumvent the companies’ security system in order to gain unauthorized access to DISH Network programming.

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Federal Court enters final judgment against NFPS end-user Rajbir Sidhu, awards $10,000 in statutory penalties, and issues a permanent injunction

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On February 20, 2015 the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey granted DISH Network and NagraStar’s motion for final judgment against Rajbir Sidhu. Sidhu was sued by DISH Network and NagraStar for federal claims arising out of his subscription to the NFPS IKS service. The Court’s order includes a permanent injunction against Sidhu as well as an award of $10,000 in statutory damages (the maximum damages per violation) under the Electronics Communication Privacy Act and an additional $1,200 in costs and fees. DISH Network and NagraStar continue to investigate and take action against those responsible for trying to circumvent the companies’ security system in order to gain unauthorized access to DISH Network programming.

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Federal Court enters final judgment against NFPS end-user Anthony Tarantino, awards $10,000 in statutory penalties, and issues a permanent injunction

iksprivateserverOn February 12, 2015 the United States District Court for the Southern District of California granted DISH Network and NagraStar’s motion for final judgment against Anthony Tarantino. Tarantino was sued by DISH Network and NagraStar for federal claims arising out of his subscription to the NFPS IKS service. The Court’s order includes a permanent injunction against Tarantino as well as an award of $10,000 in statutory damages (the maximum damages per violation) under the Electronics Communication Privacy Act and an additional $1,200 in costs and fees. DISH Network and NagraStar continue to investigate and take action against those responsible for trying to circumvent the companies’ security system in order to gain unauthorized access to DISH Network programming.

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