On January 18, Judge Sylvain Lussier of the Superior Court authorized a class action against Rogers and its Fido brand.
Me Mathieu Charest-Beaudry, the “David against Goliath” of the law, as indicated by its biographical sheet, is in charge of the file.
The 2010 Bar, an employee of Trudel Johnston, is assisted by the lawyer Jessica lelievre (TJL). They work in collaboration with Guy Paquette, the co-founder of the firm Paquette Gadler. Without forgetting the legal intern, Annie montplaisir, also assigned to the file.
In this litigation, Rogers is represented by Mes Sylvie Rodrigue and Matthew angelus from the Torys Law Firm.
“Excessive” late fees?
At the heart of the dispute here is the rise in the company’s late fees.
As of March 1, 2019, Rogers has charged its customers an annual interest rate of nearly 43% on overdue bills. Rates deemed “abusive within the meaning of the Civil Code and the law on consumer protection”, according to Me Charest-Beaudry.
By comparison, industry rates, like those charged by other telecom giants, stand at 26%.
If he speaks of a “great victory”, the Bar 2010 understands that the road will be long. “It remains a judgment of authorization. This is only one step before pursuing the appeal, ”he illustrates.
Me Charest-Beaudry is still confident about what will happen next.
“We think we have a good chance of winning, in that the players in the telecommunications market are charging between 19% and 26%. Rogers chose to go up to 42%, and these fees seem excessive to us. “