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On September 22, 2011 Siskinds filed a proposed class proceeding against Bell Canada, Bell Mobility Inc. and Bell Expressvu Limited Partnership (“Bell”) on behalf of all persons in Canada (excluding Quebec) who remained, or became, Bell customers between December 2007 and June 2011. The claim alleges that between December 2007 and June 2011 Bell marketed and sold certain services at an advertised price that was, in reality, not available to consumers. This class action was stayed due to a class action being authorized in Quebec.

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Developments

On June 9, 2014, a class action was authorized in Quebec for a national group composed of the customers who subscribed to services (home phone, Internet, TV) of Bell between December 1, 2007 and June 29, 2001 and have allegedly paid different fees than those mentioned (advertisement or door-to-door visit). The class action was filed by the law firm Paquette Gadler Inc. Siskinds, Desmeules, the Quebec firm affiliated with Siskinds, is working closely with Siskinds on this matter.

The deadline to opt out of this class action was on July 15, 2016. Please click here to see the Notice.

On June 16, 2015, the originating application for damages against Bell was filed. This application was amended on March 24, 2016. Please click here to see the amended originating application (in French only)

On November 25, 2015, the superior Court of Quebec modified the definition of the group. The national group was divided into two distinct groups, define as follows:

«Any individual in Canada who subscribed to the wireline telephone, Internet and/or television services (the "Services") of Bell Canada and/or Bell ExpressVu Limited Partnership as a result of a door-to-door visit between December 1, 2007 and June 29, 2011 inclusively, and who was billed at rates higher than those indicated for the Services;  »

and

«Any individual in Canada who subscribed to the wireline telephone, Internet and/or television services (the "Services") of Bell Canada and/or Bell ExpressVu Limited Partnership because of an advertisement between December 1, 2007 and June 29, 2011 inclusively, and who was charged additional mandatory charges such as Touch-Tone, Internet modem rental, MSN Premium Service, network access, digital service, HD receiver rental for PVR Fibe TV and/or long distance network connection.»

Please click here to see the decision modifying the group (in French only).

On March 31, 2017, Bell filed its brief statement of defence. Please click here to see the brief (in French only).

Several examinations were held in the context of this class action. Bell's examination will take place on June 3, 2020.

FAQs

What is a class action?

A class action is a lawsuit that is brought by one or more person on behalf of a larger group of people whose claims share common legal and/or factual issues. Class actions provide a cost-effective way for groups of people with common interests to pursue a legal claim.

What does “certification” mean?

Certification is the motion where the court determines whether the action can properly be pursued as a class action. The court will consider factors such as whether the claims of the class members raise common legal and/or factual issues and whether a class action is the preferable method of pursuing the claims (as opposed to other methods, such as individual actions).

Do I have to pay anything to participate in the class action?

Class action lawyers are usually paid on a contingency basis. This means that class counsel are only paid if successful. Class counsel are paid a percentage of any settlement or court award. Class counsel fees are subject to court approval.

Can I join the class action?

There are no steps required to “join” the class action. Unless you opted-out (excluded yourself from the class action), assuming you fall within the scope of the class definition, you are automatically included in the class action.

I still have a question. Who should I contact?

If you have any other questions, please complete the contact form below.

On June 9, 2014, a class action was authorized in Quebec for a national group composed of the customers who subscribed to services (home phone, Internet, TV) of Bell between December 1, 2007 and June 29, 2001 and have allegedly paid different fees than those mentioned (advertisement or door-to-door visit). The class action was filed by the law firm Paquette Gadler Inc. Siskinds, Desmeules, the Quebec firm affiliated with Siskinds, is working closely with Siskinds on this matter.

The deadline to opt out of this class action was on July 15, 2016. Please click here to see the Notice.

On June 16, 2015, the originating application for damages against Bell was filed. This application was amended on March 24, 2016. Please click here to see the amended originating application (in French only)

On November 25, 2015, the superior Court of Quebec modified the definition of the group. The national group was divided into two distinct groups, define as follows:

«Any individual in Canada who subscribed to the wireline telephone, Internet and/or television services (the "Services") of Bell Canada and/or Bell ExpressVu Limited Partnership as a result of a door-to-door visit between December 1, 2007 and June 29, 2011 inclusively, and who was billed at rates higher than those indicated for the Services;  »

and

«Any individual in Canada who subscribed to the wireline telephone, Internet and/or television services (the "Services") of Bell Canada and/or Bell ExpressVu Limited Partnership because of an advertisement between December 1, 2007 and June 29, 2011 inclusively, and who was charged additional mandatory charges such as Touch-Tone, Internet modem rental, MSN Premium Service, network access, digital service, HD receiver rental for PVR Fibe TV and/or long distance network connection.»

Please click here to see the decision modifying the group (in French only).

On March 31, 2017, Bell filed its brief statement of defence. Please click here to see the brief (in French only).

Several examinations were held in the context of this class action. Bell's examination will take place on June 3, 2020.

What is a class action?

A class action is a lawsuit that is brought by one or more person on behalf of a larger group of people whose claims share common legal and/or factual issues. Class actions provide a cost-effective way for groups of people with common interests to pursue a legal claim.

What does “certification” mean?

Certification is the motion where the court determines whether the action can properly be pursued as a class action. The court will consider factors such as whether the claims of the class members raise common legal and/or factual issues and whether a class action is the preferable method of pursuing the claims (as opposed to other methods, such as individual actions).

Do I have to pay anything to participate in the class action?

Class action lawyers are usually paid on a contingency basis. This means that class counsel are only paid if successful. Class counsel are paid a percentage of any settlement or court award. Class counsel fees are subject to court approval.

Can I join the class action?

There are no steps required to “join” the class action. Unless you opted-out (excluded yourself from the class action), assuming you fall within the scope of the class definition, you are automatically included in the class action.

I still have a question. Who should I contact?

If you have any other questions, please complete the contact form below.

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