Cellcom Israel Announces Approval of a Settlement Agreement in a Class Action and a Purported Class Action Against Subsidiary
NETANYA, Israel, May 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Cellcom Israel Ltd. (NYSE: CEL) (TASE: CEL) (hereinafter: the "Company"), announced today the Israeli Supreme Court approved a settlement agreement executed and reported in May 2012. The settlement agreement related to (1) a lawsuit approved as a class action in November 2010 (and appealed to the Israeli supreme Court) against 013 Netvision Ltd., or Netvision, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, and two other long distance operators, for a total claimed amount of approximately NIS 2.2 billion, of which approximately NIS 818 million was attributed to Netvision, and (2) a purported class action filed against the same defendants in February 2012, for an amount of approximately NIS 2.7 billion claimed from each of the defendants. The plaintiffs in both the class action and the purported class action alleged that the defendants misled the purchasers of certain long distance prepaid calling cards as to the amount of minutes included in those cards.
Under the settlement agreement, Netvision and another defendant will provide certain long distance prepaid calling cards, free of charge, for an aggregate amount which is not material to the Company, and will further provide certain information in relation to the usage of the cards. The third defendant is not a party to the settlement agreement.
For additional details see our most recent annual report on form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2012, under Item 8. Financial Information - Legal Proceedings.
About Cellcom Israel
Cellcom Israel Ltd., established in 1994, is the leading Israeli cellular provider; Cellcom Israel provides its approximately 3.166 million subscribers (as at March 31, 2013) with a broad range of value added services including cellular and landline telephony, roaming services for tourists in Israel and for its subscribers abroad and additional services in the areas of music, video, mobile office etc., based on Cellcom Israel's technologically advanced infrastructure. The Company operates an HSPA 3.5 Generation network enabling advanced high speed broadband multimedia services, in addition to GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks. Cellcom Israel offers Israel's broadest and largest customer service infrastructure including telephone customer service centers, retail stores, and service and sale centers, distributed nationwide. Through its broad customer service network Cellcom Israel offers its customers technical support, account information, direct to the door parcel delivery services, internet and fax services, dedicated centers for the hearing impaired, etc. In August 2011, Cellcom Israel completed the acquisition of Netvision Ltd. 013 Netvision Ltd., its wholly owned subsidiary, is a leading Israeli provider of internet connectivity services and international calling services. Cellcom Israel, through its wholly owned subsidiaries also provides landline telephone communication services in Israel, in addition to data communication services. Cellcom Israel's shares are traded both on the New York Stock Exchange (CEL) and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (CEL). For additional information please visit the Company's website http://www.cellcom.co.il
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