A woman was ordered to pay AED 52,000 in a UAE court over phone bills

Asma Ahmed - | UAE

A telecommunications company in Fujairah has taken legal action against a woman who, despite signing service requests for internet, fixed, and mobile phone services from 2014 to 2019, failed to pay a total of 52 thousand dirhams.

The Allegations:

The plaintiff alleges that the defendant incurred charges of 18,130 dirhams for the first number, 15,647 dirhams for the second, 10,374 dirhams for the third, and 7,921 dirhams for the fourth. The company claims the defendant is in debt based on official invoices and has not provided a legitimate justification for non-payment, despite repeated friendly demands.

Documentation and Legal Proceedings:

The plaintiff submitted various documents, including a scanned copy of its commercial license, the defendant's ID, service requests with the defendant's signature, legal translations, and scanned copies of the outstanding invoices. The case proceeded to court with neither party present, and the court reserved judgment per Article 53 of Federal Decree Law No. 42 of 2022.

The defendant's representative argued that the plaintiff's case should be dismissed due to the passage of time. Despite the defendant's denial, the court found that the payment claims had surpassed the allowable period for hearing the case. The defendant had requested service for one number in 2019, while the others dated back to 2014, and the lawsuit was filed over two years later with no legal excuse for the delay.

Judgment and Financial Obligations:

The court, in accordance with Article 478 of the Civil Transactions Law, determined that the prescribed period for not hearing the lawsuit begins when the right becomes due for performance. The court established that the relationship between the parties involved the plaintiff providing fixed-line telephone services for four numbers, supported by invoices. The defendant failed to provide evidence of payment, leading the court to rule in favor of the plaintiff.

The court ordered the defendant to pay the plaintiff 52,074 dirhams with legal interest at a rate of 5% from the filing date until full payment, not exceeding the resulting amount, and also imposed fees and expenses, along with 200 dirhams for attorney’s fees.

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