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Affair Leads To Lawsuit Against Rogers

“Opps I did it again,” would have been appropriate headline for the recent actions of a Toronto woman who was caught with her hand in the cookie jar as her husband discovered her extramarital affair through calls listed on their Rogers cell phone bill. The woman has now turned and is suing Rogers for $600,000 for alleged invasion of privacy and breach of contract, and her husband has walked away from the marriage.

In 2007, Gabriella Nagy’s Rogers cellphone monthly cell bill was sent to their home under her maiden name. Her husband was the account holder for the family’s cable TV service at the same address. Around June 4, 2007, he called Rogers to add internet and home phone. In July 2007 Rogers sent what they call a “global” invoice to the Nagy home for all of the services, internet, home phone and cell phone and he soon discovered due to an itemized bill

The following month, Rogers mailed a “global” invoice for all of its services to the matrimonial home that included an itemized bill for Nagy’s cellular service, according to the statement of claim filed in Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

How much is your marriage worth?

Trudy Chapman

Hi there, thanks for the story about Rogers, but I did not like the closing sentence, “how much is your marriage worth?”

It’s not about the value of your marriage, but rather the issue is one of consent. When there are two different bills coming to a home, under two different names, when is it appropriate to put them into a universal bill? I would think that it would be when both clients request a universal bill or or when both clients are asked by a provider and agree. Before Rogers sent out the universal bill, they should have secured the consent of both clients to amalgamate the bills for the services consumed at the home.

This will likely be a bigger issue for companies over time as our home dynamics shift with demographics. As young adults live at home longer or live longer with friends to split costs, as elder parents and their adult children live together in order to “take care of mom/dad,” and as marriages/partnerships continue to dissolve and then reblend, people need to keep their bills in their own name. What sparks the universal billing should not be the address used but the client.

Just my two cents…

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