Bingo Related Class Action Lawsuit Could Cost Two Canadian Districts $70M

Bingo Related Class Action Lawsuit Could Cost Two Canadian Districts $70M

Written by: Glo Wood on 17/01/2016 20:30

The mayors of two Ontario, Canada districts, Windsor and Tecumseh, are encouraging charitable organizations to opt out of two class-action lawsuits that could result in a total combined loss of $70 million for the municipalities. These organizations host bingo events as a means to raise money and the lawsuits have been filed by the ALS Society of Essex County, who claims that both Windsor and Tecumseh have charged an excessive amount of fees for bingo licenses.

The lawsuits seek the return of licensing fees paid by every organization for all charitable bingo and lottery events going all the way back to 1993, which could cost both Windsor and Tecumseh dearly.

Each charitable organization was automatically added to filing and must opt out by May 15, 2016 if they do not wish to pursue the return of the licensing fees paid.

A statement released by Windsor and Tecumseh mayors over the weekend revealed that they will do their best to convince the organizations to opt out in time.

"Considering how much revenue these organizations made from these bingo events, opting out of the lawsuit is a clear sign that they too support our municipalities," said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens.

"Insurance won't cover this expense," said, Tecumseh Mayor, Gary McNamara. "The same residents and businesses in Windsor and Tecumseh who support these organizations may end up paying for this lawsuit."

Whether or not the organizations opt out, the lawsuit is expected to make it to court.

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