Let's try and start with some facts, shall we?
First and most importantly, no lawsuit
has been filed per the Fond Du Lac Reporter
and the fact that there is no copy of any Complaint on The Smoking Gun
(if anyone were to carry a copy of such a bizarre lawsuit, surely it would be them!). The Wisconsin paper states:
Wisconsin Circuit Court records show no civil lawsuit papers filed in Dumouchel’s name.
Ok, so much for it being a 'Big Trial or Legal Case.'
It's not a suit but if it were...
The article states the potential plaintiff claimed, "his cable connection remained intact four years after he tried to get it canceled." If this is true, and he can prove it, perhaps Charter has contributed to a very minute
percentage of the problem. The fact that he didn't just cut the wires to his house speaks volumes of his own intelligence. <shrug>
Of course, Charter did not do themselves any favors by releasing this statement today:
"Perhaps Mr. Dumouchel needs to take better advantage of programming available on cable today? Charter is a veritable department store of home entertainment, with something on the shelf/in the lineup for everybody. His viewing habits need not be sedentary, rather he can make running miles on a treadmill a cultural experience while watching A&E. Learn about Lewis & Clark's historic trek while on a Stairmaster. Or skip rope to the music of MTV. Cable television can be a very moving experience!" Link
While it may be fun for their PR people to publicly mock this person, the mere suggestion that "Cable television can be a very moving experience" might be used against them by a clever enough lawyer. Charter should have ignored this dude. He's wacky enough on his own. The Court would be able to see this for what it really is.
I think the concept of addiction to TV is probably food for another thread. I would submit that the concept is not entirely unbelievable, but definitely not the cable provider's fault and even more - not a legal issue.