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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.

Siskinds Desmeules, the Quebec firm affiliated to Siskinds LLP, works closely with another law fim, Paquette Gadler Inc., who filed the class action on June 29, 2011.

This Class action has been certified for clients who remained of became Bell Canada and/or Bell ExpressVu customers by subscribing to traditional landline services and/or Internet services and/or television services between December 1, 2007 and June 29, 2001.

It is alleged that Bell has commercialized and sold services at a higher price than announced in its advertisement, services that were not available to justify mandatory additional fees, or by a door-to-door salesperson.

To read the Long form Notice to members please click here.

For further information concerning this action, please complete the form below.

Developments

OIN June 29, 2011, the law firm Paquette Gadler Inc filed the class action for Quebec's members. On September 22, 2011, Siskinds LLP filed the class action in Ontario for all Canadian members, excluding Quebec's members.

Both law firm joined forces, to work on the action filed in Quebec and changed the definition of the Group to include a national class (Canada including Quebec). Please click here to see the modified application.

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). Please click here to see the judgment.

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 defense. Please click here to see the brief (in French only).

Several examinations were held in the context of this class action. Bell's examination took place in October 2020 and February 2021.

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.

OIN June 29, 2011, the law firm Paquette Gadler Inc filed the class action for Quebec's members. On September 22, 2011, Siskinds LLP filed the class action in Ontario for all Canadian members, excluding Quebec's members.

Both law firm joined forces, to work on the action filed in Quebec and changed the definition of the Group to include a national class (Canada including Quebec). Please click here to see the modified application.

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). Please click here to see the judgment.

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 defense. Please click here to see the brief (in French only).

Several examinations were held in the context of this class action. Bell's examination took place in October 2020 and February 2021.

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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