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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:DIRECTV Inc. sued James Bennett to obtain remedies for his piracy of DIRECTV’s satellite signal. DIRECTV sued under the Communications Act, 47 U.S.C. �605(e)(3)(A), for violations of � 605(a) and (e)(4); and the Wiretap Act, 18 U.S.C. � 2520, for violations of � 2511(a). Section 2511(1)(a) of the Wiretap Act imposes criminal liability upon any person who intentionally intercepts, endeavors to intercept or procures any other person to intercept or endeavor to intercept, any wire, oral or electronic communication. A civil action is provided in �2520(a), which permits any person whose wire, oral or electronic communication is intercepted, disclosed or intentionally used in violation of this chapter may in a civil action recover from the person or entity, other than the United States, which engaged in that violation such relief as may be appropriate. Bennett failed to respond to the complaint and DIRECTV filed a motion for default judgment, asking the district court to find Bennett liable under both acts and award injunctive relief and statutory damages. The district court found Bennett liable under the Communications Act and awarded damages of $2,500 and attorneys’ fees. But it declined to find liability under the Wiretap Act, which provides for greater damages, or award injunctive relief. DIRECTV appealed the dismissal of its claim under the Wiretap Act. Defendant Bennett did not respond to DIRECTV’s appeal. HOLDING:Reversed and remanded. The court held that the plain language of the Wiretap Act permits a private right of action under 18 U.S.C. �2520 for violations of �2511. Under �2520, the person whose wire, oral, or electronic communication is intercepted, disclosed or intentionally used in violation of �2511 has the right to bring suit. Upon remand, the court also ordered the district court to assess damages under �2520. OPINION:Per curiam; Jones, C.J., and Davis and Garza, J.J.

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