LOST USB KEY CLASS ACTION
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 Sutts, Strosberg LLP (now Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP), Charney Lawyers , Branch MacMaster LLP and Bob Buckingham Law 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. The law firms of Sutts, Strosberg LLP (now Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP), Charney Lawyers LLP, Branch MacMaster LLP and Bob Buckingham Law 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. As a part of our strategic planning for the CPP class action, the law firms decided to move ahead the Student Loans class action in the Federal Court to set the foundation necessary to pursue the CPP class action. Considering the time, effort and energy required by all experienced legal counsel in these actions, given the common issues raised and legal questions, counsel believe it is more productive to deal with the legal issues in the larger class action first. We believe that trying to advance the two actions at the same time slows the combined pace down more than speeding it up. Conversely, our expectation is that the CPP class action will move quickly once the principles are established in the Student Loans class action, thereby maximizing speed, rather than slowing it down.
7. For the reasons outlined above, all counsel are in agreement to have these proceedings suspended pending the outcome of the Student Loans class action.
8. The Student Loans class action has been certified and is in the discovery stage. Class Counsel are currently reviewing thousands of documents received from the defendants. Examinations for discovery will follow thereafter.
9. CPP disability recipients affected by this breach should register for this action at our central website www.lostusbkeyclassaction.com.
10. Registration assists counsel to better prepare the class and assess and claim damages.
11. 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.
12. We will continue to update this website as developments occur.
13. 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.
14. 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.