Facebook Misuse of User Data
Koskie Minsky LLP and Charney Lawyers have commenced a class proceeding against Facebook, Inc.
The claim alleges that Facebook was aware that its platform could easily and readily be used by third parties to steal users’ personal information. Facebook’s failure to monitor the activities of third-party application developers to whom it has granted access to its platform has resulted in the misuse of personal information of millions of Facebook users.
The claim is brought on behalf of the following class:
All persons in Canada who had a Facebook account during the period from 2009 to present. Excluded from the class are residents of the Province of Quebec, the defendant or their subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, senior employees, legal representatives, heirs, predecessors, successors, and assigns. Also excluded from the class are all claims relating to User Account Data of Canadian Residents shared with Cambridge Analytica Group.
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May 13, 2022
The hearing of the motion for certification scheduled for March 24-25, 2022 was adjourned on consent of both parties. The hearing has yet to be rescheduled.
November 6, 2018
A case conference in this case is scheduled for November 16.
- May 13, 2022
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What is a class action?
A class action is a lawsuit which provides a method for a large group of people with common claims to join together to advance one large claim. Class actions are a more efficient and cost-effective way for groups of people with common claims to gain access to the legal system and seek justice.
What does certification mean?
In order for an action to proceed as a class action, the court must determine whether it is appropriate for the case to be treated as a class action. Some of the factors the courts consider are the extent to which the claims of the class
members are common, and whether a class action is preferable to other methods (such as individual actions) of advancing the issues. The decision as to whether a class action should be certified takes place at a certification hearing and is decided by a judge. If certified, a representative plaintiff will advance the action on behalf of all of the class members.
How do I know if I am a Class Member?
The certification order will always contain a description of who is a class member. We post the certification orders in our actions so that you can review them. You do not need to “sign up” to become involved in a class action. If you are included in the class description, you are automatically a class member who will be affected by the outcome of the class action unless you decide to “opt out”.
Are Class Members notified of the certification of the class proceeding?
Yes. After the claim has been certified, the court will authorize notice to be given to the members of the class.
Can I opt out of a class action and pursue independent legal action?
Yes. When a class action is certified, class members are always given an opportunity to opt out of the action. A deadline is imposed for opting out. If you do not opt out by the given deadline, class members will be bound by the outcome of the class action, whether it is successful or unsuccessful. If you opt out, you will not receive any benefit if the action is successful.
Will there be any cost to class members for legal fees?
Typically, class actions are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means that the class action lawyers will be paid only if the class action is successful at trial or settled. In that case, class counsel fees may be paid by the defendants or out of the settlement or judgment proceeds as approved by the court. In addition, the plaintiff may seek funding assistance from the Class Proceeding Fund which, if funding is granted, may provide funding for disbursements.
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