Lawsuit over Bell's 911 fees back in court
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A lawsuit against Bell Mobility by two Yellowknife men, who say the mobile
carrier charges for non-existent 911 service, has been certified as a
class-action lawsuit within the Northwest Territories.
James Anderson and his son Samuel are suing the national cellular carrier
for charging 75 cents a month in 911 emergency access fees, even though
911 service is not available in the Northwest Territories or Nunavut.
In April, the Andersons' lawyer argued in the N.W.T. Supreme Court that
the lawsuit should be certified as a class action so that other Bell
Mobility customers across Canada could have the opportunity to benefit
Those customers would include those who live in rural areas or in other
jurisdictions where 911 service is not offered.
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But in a written decision, dated July 30 and released this week, Justice
Ron Veale certified the lawsuit as a class action only for people in the
There are roughly 20,000 Bell Mobility customers in the territory, where
Bell is the main cellular phone carrier.