Subscriber Sues Sirius XM Over Price Increases
December 7, 2009 at 5:14 PM (PT)
SIRIUS XM RADIO is being sued by a customer who says the company breached subscribers' contracts and violated antitrust laws by increasing its prices. CARL BLESSING of FLORIDA filed the suit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NEW YORK, alleging that SIRIUS XM's actions in raising prices for some subscribers nearly 30% violated their contracts and constitutes an abuse of monopoly power.
BLESSING is seeking class action status for the suit; no damages are specified in the filing. GRANT AND EISENHOFER PA of NEW YORK and COOK, HALL AND LAMPROS LLP in ATLANTA are handling the case for the plaintiff.
While both SIRIUS and XM remain at a core subscription price of $12.99/month, the services increased fees for additional subscriptions and added fees for internet streaming and for accessing a "best of" package of each other's exclusive programming.