$100 Million Class Action Against Bell Mobility Certified - More than 1 million customers affected.

$100 Million Class Action Against Bell Mobility Certified - More than 1 
million customers affected. 
TORONTO, Oct. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - A class action against Bell Mobility Inc. 
("Bell") alleging that the expiry dates on its pre-paid wireless services are 
illegal was certified by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice today. 
The lawsuit, which includes more than 1 million class members in Ontario, 
alleges that Bell systemically breaches its contracts with its pre-paid 
wireless customers by seizing credit balances. In particular, the lawsuit 
alleges that pre-paid wireless services payments are "gift cards", as defined 
by Ontario's Consumer Protection Act, and cannot have an expiry date.The 
plaintiffs are seeking $100 million in damages from Bell. 
The allegations in the lawsuit have not yet been proven in court. 
The representative plaintiff, Celia Sankar, lives in Elliot Lake, Ontario, and 
is founder of the DiversityCanada Foundation, a not-for-profit organization. 
Ms. Sankar is a Bell pre-paid wireless customer who had her credit balance 
seized twice, in September 2011 and February 2012. Ms. Sankar will represent 
anyone in Ontario who purchased or otherwise acquired pre-paid wireless 
services under the brands Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile Canada and Solo Mobile 
since May 4, 2010. 
The law firms of Sotos LLP and Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP represent Ms. 
Sankar and the other members of the class. 
"This decision is a victory for the vulnerable consumers who use pre-paid 
wireless services," said Sankar. "These services are popular with many persons 
of limited means. It's tremendously important that they have access to the 
court through a class action proceeding to have their claims fairly tried." 
Lead counsel, Louis Sokolov of Sotos LLP, noted that class counsel are 
currently investigating similar claims against other wireless companies and 
added that, in the absence of a class action, the claims of individual 
customers would remain unresolved. 
"No one would ever bring their own lawsuit for the $20 or $30 that wireless 
companies take from their customers when their balances expire," said 
Sokolov."That it is why it is so important that consumer cases like this be 
certified and corporations like Bell be required to answer the allegations." 
Co-counsel Christine Davies and Nadine Blum observed this is the first case to 
consider the "gift card" provisions of Ontario's Consumer Protection Act. 
Davies commented:, 
"The gift card law was intended to protect consumers from losing cash 
equivalents. Class members pre-paid money into their accounts so that they 
would have funds available to purchase services and products from Bell on an 
ongoing basis. If successful at trial, this case will ensure that consumers' 
pre-paid amounts are protected."

Louis Sokolov: 416-875-8715/Christine Davies: 416-979-4055/Celia Sankar:  
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-0- Oct/04/2013 14:50 GMT
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