1. On November 10, 2016, Casino Rama announced that it was informed on November 4, 2016 that its internal computer network was subjected to a cyberattack in which confidential data of employees, customers and vendors was stolen. Some of Casino Rama’s affected customers and employees received an email from Casino Rama advising of the privacy breach. The statements posted on Casino Rama’s website can be viewed here.
2. On November 14, 2016, Charney Lawyers PC and Sutts, Strosberg LLP (now Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP) commenced a proposed national class action on behalf of Casino Rama employees (past and present), customers and vendors for damages arising from the privacy breach. The plaintiffs also seek damages on behalf of members of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s Self-Exclusion Program whose personal information was provided to Casino Rama by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG).
4. The proposed class consists of all persons residing in Canada, excluding the defendants and the defendants' executives, whose personal information was collected by Casino Rama, or was provided to Casino Rama by the OLG, and was then stolen or accessed in the breach.
5. The defendants are Casino Rama Services, Inc., the OLG, CHC Casinos Canada Limited and Penn National Gaming, Inc..
6. According Casino Rama’s statements, an anonymous hacker claims to have stolen confidential employee information from 2004 to 2016 including performance reviews, payroll data, terminations, social insurance numbers and dates of birth. Casino Rama also stated that the hacker claims to have stolen other confidential information from 2007 to the present, including the Casino Rama’s IT information, hotel and casino financial reports, security incident reports, email, customer credit inquiries, collection and debt information and vendor information and contracts. Some of the stolen information was published on the internet and the hacker has threatened to publish more of the stolen information.
7. Casino Rama stated that the privacy breach was reported to the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. On November 10, 2016, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario posted a statement advising that it has launched an investigation. The statement may be viewed here. Casino Rama has also reported that it is working with the Ontario Provincial Police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the OLG and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario to address the issue.
8. On May 10, 2017, Justice Balobaba of the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto ordered that carriage of the proposed class action be granted to the plaintiffs represented by Charney Lawyers PC and Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP who have served a motion record for certification of the proposed class action. A separate class action concerning the Casino Rama privacy breach, commenced by Flaherty McCarthy LLP in Oshawa, has been stayed. Plaintiffs’ counsel will now schedule the hearing of their motion for certification of the proposed class action.
9. Anyone who received a notice of the privacy breach from Casino Rama or who believes their private information may have been compromised is urged to immediately notify their banks and credit card companies and to monitor their accounts for suspicious activities. Affected individuals may also contact a credit bureau such as TransUnion Canada or Equifax to determine whether there have been any unauthorized transactions on their accounts to explore options to purchase credit protection services.
10. If you were an employee, customer or vendor of Casino Rama who provided confidential information to Casino Rama as early as 2004 or if you received Casino Rama’s notice of the privacy breach, please provide the information requested on our Communication page to indicate your interest in the class action and to receive updates about the class action, especially if there is a settlement or award of damages.
11. We will continue to update this website and our website at www.casinoramaclassaction.com as developments occur.
12. If you would like to know more about how a class action works, please click here.