Landmark consumer case being will begin hearing tomorrow
Tomorrow the Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) will begin hearing Justin Le Patourel’s lawsuit against BT which could be worth up to £600 million.
This is the next step in a landmark consumer case on behalf of BT landline customers who may have collectively lost millions.
Tomorrow’s hearing will determine:
- Which claimants will be included in the class, and who will be certified to represent them
- If Mr Le Patourel is certified
If both conditions are met, the case will go to a full trial. If Mr Le Patourel wins the case, up to 2.31 million customers who took a landline from BT but did not bundle this with a broadband service could receive up to £500 of compensation each.
The case is being brought on an ‘opt-out’ basis, meaning that affected BT customers do not need to do anything to be included in the claim, but can choose to opt-out if they wish.
Ofcom said it had found that BT had been overcharging its standalone landline customers and so BT agreed to reduce its line rental by £7 per month from 2018. But it did not offer compensation for overcharging that took place prior to this, meaning that many customers are still out of pocket.
Le Patourel said: “The speed of this hearing suggests the Competition Appeals Tribunal is aware of the significance of this important class action.
“I am hopeful that I will be allowed to take the case forward, and to represent the millions of people I believe were ripped off by BT”.