A 37-year-old Toronto woman is suing telecom giant Rogers Communications for $600,000, alleging the company's billing practices revealed her infidelity, leading her husband to leave her.
"I had a brief affair -- it was very short-lived, a few weeks," Gabriella Nagy told CTV News. "I did not need to lose everything. I am at a point that there's no turning back. Everything that I held dear -- especially my job -- is gone."
Nagy filed a statement of claim alleging an invasion of privacy and breach of contract on Roger's part in an Ontario court.
Nagy had a cellphone account with Rogers in 2007, in which a monthly bill was sent to her home address in her maiden name. Her husband, who is not named in the statement of claim, had the family's cable and TV bill under his name.
In June of 2007, he called to add Internet and home phone services and the following month Rogers sent a "global" bill to the home address, including the itemized phone bill for Nagy's cellphone.
The husband saw several long phone calls to a single phone number, and called the number, and a "third party" revealed an affair on the part of Nagy, the woman told the Star.
"The husband used the previously private and confidential information that the defendant unilaterally disclosed to the husband to inquire about the people that the plaintiff was telephoning and the nature of such calls," the statement of claim reads.
The statement alleges Rogers "unilaterally terminated its cellular contract with the plaintiff that had been in her maiden name and included it in the husband's account that was under his surname.
"The plaintiff's maiden name and the husband's surname were different. Such unilateral action by the defendant was done without the knowledge, information, belief, acquiescence or approval of the plaintiff."
Rogers says it cannot be held responsible for the breakup of the marriage or the effects on Nagy's life.
"Rogers is not the cause of these," the statement of defence reads. "The marriage breakup and its effects happened, or alternatively would have happened, regardless of the form in which the plaintiff and her husband received their invoices for Rogers services in July 2007."
Nagy said her husband walked out on her and their two children after the affair came to light.
She says she was so upset about her marriage falling apart that her work performance suffered, leading her to lose her job as an apartment rental agent that paid nearly $100,000 a year.
Talk about not accepting responsibility for her own actions. As I see it, Rogers didn't do anything wrong and how the hell are they supposed to know she was having an affair and needed to block some phone numbers in her billing to cover her own ***?
Sure they sent in a "Global" bill for everything billed to that address, and being married it would sound logical that there wasn't anything to "Hide".... I've had bills sent the same way that included separate items for the household that anybody titled to the bill could read. The only time this would ever be a problem is in situations like this where someone is cheating.
"I had a brief affair -- it was very short-lived, a few weeks,"
Oh well.... only a few weeks... well gee, that makes it all better. He found out, he walked out on her and the kids, her job suffered and she got fired.... and now she's trying to find someone to blame for her own actions taken.
Hell private investigators snoop on people like her On Purpose which usually leads to a divorce and someone leaving someone..... yet when do you hear of them getting sued for ruining the marriage?
She ruined it all on her own, has nobody else to blame and is trying to play the poor victim by trying to use some lame technicality to compensate her for her own damn stupidity.
What if this never happened, the bill was still in her name and she left the bill on the table or forgot to trash the evidence and he walked by and saw it? The outcome would have been the same and who'd she sue then?
She got what was coming to her.