Inflated price of cell phones
On April 30, 2019, the superior Court authorized the class action against Qualcomm Incorporated.
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.
You have until November 11, 2019, to opt out from the class action if you do not want to participate in the class action. For more information, please consult the notice to members.
Conditions to be part of this class action
The class action is authorized on behalf of people who meet all the following criteria:
1. You bought a device that allows cellular communication since December 11, 2014 (ex: mobile phone or iPad with a SIM card);
2. You bought the device in Quebec;
3. You did not buy the device for commercial resale;
4. Qualcomm produced the baseband processor (also called “chip”) OR received royalties for that device.
Anyone who meets the criteria may be eligible for compensation if the class action is successful.
You can register to receive information on this class action. We will keep you informed of developments as the case progresses.
For more information on how to become a member of a class action, you can consult our What are class actions section.
Summary of the class action
On December 11, 2017, Ricky Tenzer filed an application to be authorized to bring a class action against Qualcomm incorporated.
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.