Bell served with CAD100m ‘class action’

15 May 2012

Bell Mobility and its parent company, BCE, have been served with a CAD100 million (USD99.8 million) lawsuit, which alleges the expiry dates on its pre-paid wireless services are illegal. As posted on Canada Newswire, the lawsuit alleges that Bell systemically breaches its contracts with its pre-paid wireless customers by seizing credit balances, and engages in ‘unfair practices’ which breach consumer protection laws. More information about the lawsuit can be found at The proposed representative plaintiff, Celia Sankar, founder of the DiversityCanada Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes social justice, explained her motivation for the action: ‘Because the pre-paid wireless service is the least expensive way to have a phone, and does not require a credit card or a bank account, it is often the only option for youth, new immigrants, workers on minimum wage, the unemployed, people on disability, and seniors on fixed incomes. These are the people who can least afford to have their funds forfeited or to have their mobile services cut off.’

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