Inflated price of cell phones
The action seeks to compensate cell phones buyers who have paid inflated prices as result of Qualcomm’s abuse of its dominant position in the market of baseband processors, an essential component of all cell phones.
On December 11, 2017, Ricky Tenzer filed an application to be authorized to bring a class action against Qualcomm incorporated.
Conditions to be part of this class action
You are part of the class action if you have purchased a device in Quebec that allows cellular communication.
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Summary of the class action
In the field of telecommunications, uniform standards reduce competition, but benefit consumers by making devices compatible with each other. The holders of the patents for the technologies covered by such universal standards, such as Qualcomm, must not, however, abuse their position. Holders of such patents make commitments to ensure a fair and reasonable negotiation of the licences with the various manufacturers of cellular devices that must integrate this technology into their devices.
Qualcomm maintains a dominant position in the baseband processor market, an essential component that enables cellular devices to communicate with each other.
Qualcomm breached its commitments and abused its dominant position. As a result, members of the group paid an inflated price for their cellular devices.