27 Jun 2006

Class action threat against Fiji TV

3:57 pm on 27 June 2006

Fiji Television Limited has been warned that it could face a class action lawsuit on behalf of 10,000 Sky Fiji paying customers over allegations that the company is abusing its monopoly status.

The Fiji Times reports that in a letter to Fiji TV, the Lautoka legal firm of Yash Law has set out demands which if not met could result in the class action.

Lawyer Faiz Khan has claimed in the letter that since the inception of Sky Pacific, Sky Fiji subscribers have been discriminated against to maximize company profits.

Mr Khan says in the process Fiji TV has abused its monopoly power and breached provisions of the Fair Trading Decree.

He says Fiji TV has violated the constitution because Sky Fiji viewers have been discriminated against when the Super 14 Rugby, the Six Nations Tournament and certain World Cup Soccer matches are shown only on Sky Pacific.

Mr Kahn says Fiji TV is trying to influence Sky Fiji customers to switch to Sky Pacific at higher installation and subscription costs.