Cellcom customers sue for compensation

By EFRAT AHARONI / GLOBES
December 2, 2010 17:00
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Cellcom Israel Ltd. (NYSE:CEL; TASE:CEL) customers want to sue the mobile carrier for anguish caused by yesterday's nationwide crash of the company's network, which intermittently silenced its 3.3 million subscribers. Three lawsuits have already been filed with the Central District Court with requests to be recognized as class action suits in the amount of NIS 2.4 billion.

One lawsuit is seeking NIS 1.1 billion in compensation from Cellcom, based on NIS 350 in damages for anguish caused to the company's 3.3 million subscribers who could not manage their usual affairs.

Adv. Josef Fuchs, representing the petitioner, said, "The power of the class-action lawsuit is exactly intended for a case like this. Although so many people were affected yesterday because of their inability to manage their work, family and other affairs, only a few stood up and sued for compensation for the damages caused them."

Politicians also jumped on the bandwagon. At the request of MK Nachman Shai (Labor), Minister of Communications Moshe Kahlon will report to the Knesset Economics Affairs Committee how his ministry is dealing with the breakdown. Kahlon will update the committee next week on how he intends to ensure that Cellcom's customers will be compensated for the damages caused them.

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