DIRECTV, Inc. v. Rawlins, 06-1430
In a suit by a satellite television provider against a purchaser of illegal decryption devices, denial of statutory damages under the Wiretap Act is vacated and remanded where: 1) a district court's discretion to award or not award damages under the Wiretap Act is not restricted to those cases involving de minimis violations; and 2) the district court abused its discretion by failing to apply the appropriate factors for a violation of the Wiretap Act.
- Argued 12/07/2007
- Decided 04/21/2008
- Published 04/21/2008
Before DUNCAN, Circuit Judge, HAMILTON, Senior Circuit Judge, and CATHERINE C. BLAKE, United States District Judge for the District of Maryland, sitting by designation.
United States Fourth Circuit
ARGUED: Howard Robert Rubin, Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, L.L.P., Washington, D.C., for Appellant. Ray Martin Kline, Raleigh, North Carolina, for Appellee. ON BRIEF: Samuel Bryant Davidoff, Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, L.L.P., Washington, D.C., for Appellant.