|By Business Wire||
|June 23, 2014 11:49 AM EDT||
Partner Communications Company Ltd. ("Partner" or "the Company") (NASDAQ:PTNR) (TASE:PTNR), a leading Israeli communications operator, announces that it was served with a lawsuit and a motion for the recognition of this lawsuit as a class action, filed against Partner and against additional third parties on June 18, 2014 in the Tel-Aviv - Jaffa District Court.
The claim alleges, inter alia, that Partner charged its customers for content services provided by external content providers through incoming text messages (sms), without obtaining their prior consent for receiving such services, which the Plaintiff claims is, inter alia, contrary to the requirements of Partner's license and to the Legal Capacity and Guardianship Law.
If the lawsuit is recognized as a class action the total amount claimed against Partner is estimated by the plaintiff to be approximately NIS 30 million.
Partner is reviewing and assessing the lawsuit and is unable, at this preliminary stage, to evaluate, with any degree of certainty, the probability of success of the lawsuit or the range of potential exposure, if any.
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About Partner Communications
Partner Communications Company Ltd. ("Partner") is a leading Israeli provider of telecommunications services (cellular, fixed-line telephony and internet services) under the orange™ brand and the 012 Smile brand. Partner’s ADSs are quoted on the NASDAQ Global Select Market™ and its shares are traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (NASDAQ and TASE: PTNR). For more information about Partner, see: www.orange.co.il/en/Investors-Relations/lobby/