Windsor And Tecumseh Join Together To Raise Awareness About Bingo Lawsuit

Saturday January 16th, 2016

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The City of Windsor and the Town of Tecumseh are defending class action lawsuits that stem from licence fees for bingo and other charitable gaming events dating back to 1993. At the maximum, individual licence fees were $165.

The city says that the publication of the Notice to the Class on Saturday starts the clock ticking on the 120 day opt out period.

They warn that if this class action succeeds and damages are awarded, the amount could be in excess of $70 million.  To put the number in context, officials say that amount could build 6 or 7 new community centres.

Both the city and Tecumseh hope to persuade the organizations that have raised money through bingo and lottery events, many of whom they say are unaware that they are part of the class action lawsuit, that they should consider opting out of the lawsuit before the Opt Out period expires on May 15th, 2016.

“We believe that opting out will help ensure we can support our roads and infrastructure, our community services, and our parks and recreation facilities. 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 Dilkens.

“Insurance won’t cover this expense. The same residents and businesses in Windsor and Tecumseh who support these organizations may end up paying for this lawsuit,” added Tecumseh Mayor McNamara.

For more information, visit HelpWindsorTecumseh.com. The websites created by the class action lawyers have more information and are found at www.windsorbingoclassaction.ca and www.tecumsehbingoclassaction.ca.

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