1. In December, 2012, the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development announced that an electronic storage device, known as a USB key, containing the confidential personal information of 5,000 Canadians who had applied for pensions, old age security benefits, employment insurance or child care tax credits and other benefits went missing.

2. The law firms of Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP (formerly Sutts, Strosberg LLP), Charney Lawyers , Branch MacMaster LLP and Bob Buckingham Law ('Class Counsel') commenced a proposed class action against the Attorney General of Canada on behalf of all persons whose information was lost.

3. If you applied for pensions, old age security benefits, employment insurance or child care tax credits and other benefits, and were advised by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada that your confidential personal information was lost, you may be entitled to compensation.

4. You may be entitled to compensation for the breach of privacy, damages for identity theft and/or damages to your credit reputation, damages for the costs incurred to prevent identity theft, damages for the time spent changing personal information such as your Social Insurance Number, damages for emotional distress/inconvenience, and/or compensation for out of pocket expenses.  Punitive damages will also be claimed because the Government failed to disclose the breach of privacy for at least one month.

5. Class Counsel agree the lost USB key class action lawsuit filed with respect to the confidential personal information of 5,000 Canadians who applied for disability benefits is just as important as the lost hard drive involved in the Student Loans class action.

6. We are strategically working on the CPP class action internally through our law firms and with government legal counsel. The CPP class action lawsuit itself has been filed with the Federal Court of Canada.

7. The certification motion will be heard March 18 to 21, 2024 in Toronto.

8. CPP disability recipients affected by this breach should register for this action at our central website www.lostusbkeyclassaction.com.

9. Registration assists counsel to better prepare the class and assess and claim damages.

10. Registration also ensures that legal counsel will be able to contact you quickly if information is needed, or if you are required to take action, such as filling out certain forms according to court imposed deadlines. At this time, there are no such deadlines. We appreciate your patience throughout in this matter.

11. We will continue to update this website as developments occur.

12. Please provide the information requested at our Registration page to indicate your interest in the proposed class action. If you prefer, you may contact us at 519.561.6296.

13. If you would like to know more about how a class action works, please click here.


This website provides general information to class members on a class action commenced against the Attorney General of Canada. The court will ultimately decide who will be included as a class member.

The information collected about class members will assist counsel in prosecuting the class action and assessing what damages were suffered by the class as a whole. Providing the information requested does not make you a client of Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP.

The site is not designed to answer questions about your individual situation or entitlement. Do not rely upon the information provided on this website as legal advice in respect of your individual situation nor use it as a substitute for individual legal advice.

This website is updated from time to time to provide class members with further information.


Bob Buckingham
Luciana Brasil
Caleb Edwards
Theodore Charney
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