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An application for class action has been filed at the Quebec City Court House by Siskinds, Desmeules, the Quebec firm affiliated with Siskinds LLP, on behalf of the members of the group described below:

"Anyone who is a member of Desjardins Group ("Fédération des Caisses Populaires Desjardins"), whose private personal information has been disclosed without authorization, because of the illegal transmission of information to third parties." **

** Illegal transmission represents the transmission by an employee of private, personal and privileged information to third parties, as disclosed on June 20, 2019.

This class action is based on allegations of unlawful disclosure of private and privileged information by an employee of Desjardins Group and/or the Fédération des Caisses Desjardins.

On June 20, 2019, the Defendants acknowledged the unlawful disclosure and transmission of data from 2.9 million of its members, including information such as: name, date of birth, social insurance number, address, telephone number, email, and some information about transactional habits and products held by members.

The Defendants had at all times relevant to the facts of these proceedings, the responsibility and the obligation to adequately protect all private and confidential information held about its members and clients.

The plaintiff alleges that the Defendants also incurred their liability as principals for the wrongful act committed by their employees.

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Developments

Siskinds Desmeules and Kugler Kandestin file amended application for authorization to institute a class action against Desjardins in connection with massive data breach

Update January 24, 2020: We sent an email to class members who have communicated with us to date in order to advise them of recent developments with respect to the Desjardins data breach class action.

In summary, on January 20, 2020, the attorneys for class members (Siskinds Desmeules and Kugler Kandestin) filed with the Court a joint Application for permission to file an amended application for authorization to institute a class action.  The purpose of the amendments, which appear in the Amended application for authorization to institute a class action, are to take into account the numerous developments that have occurred in this matter since we first filed our initial Application for authorization on June 21, 2019, to amend the different claims for damages that are being sought on behalf of class members, and to add two proposed representatives of the class.

The Court will have to determine whether the amendments will be permitted, and a hearing will be scheduled for this purpose.  The attorneys for the class have also asked the Court to fix the dates for the authorization hearing (for the purpose of determining whether the Court will allow the action to proceed as a class action) as soon as possible. We do not currently know when this hearing will take place.

FAQs

What is a class action?

A class action is a lawsuit that is brought by one or more person on behalf of a larger group of people whose claims share common legal and/or factual issues. Class actions provide a cost-effective way for groups of people with common interests to pursue a legal claim.

What does “certification” mean?

Certification is the motion where the court determines whether the action can properly be pursued as a class action. The court will consider factors such as whether the claims of the class members raise common legal and/or factual issues and whether a class action is the preferable method of pursuing the claims (as opposed to other methods, such as individual actions).

Do I have to pay anything to participate in the class action?

Class action lawyers are usually paid on a contingency basis. This means that class counsel are only paid if successful. Class counsel are paid a percentage of any settlement or court award. Class counsel fees are subject to court approval.

Can I join the class action?

There are no steps required to “join” the class action. Unless you opted-out (excluded yourself from the class action), assuming you fall within the scope of the class definition, you are automatically included in the class action.

I still have a question. Who should I contact?

If you have any other questions, please email us at recours@siskinds.com.

Siskinds Desmeules and Kugler Kandestin file amended application for authorization to institute a class action against Desjardins in connection with massive data breach

Update January 24, 2020: We sent an email to class members who have communicated with us to date in order to advise them of recent developments with respect to the Desjardins data breach class action.

In summary, on January 20, 2020, the attorneys for class members (Siskinds Desmeules and Kugler Kandestin) filed with the Court a joint Application for permission to file an amended application for authorization to institute a class action.  The purpose of the amendments, which appear in the Amended application for authorization to institute a class action, are to take into account the numerous developments that have occurred in this matter since we first filed our initial Application for authorization on June 21, 2019, to amend the different claims for damages that are being sought on behalf of class members, and to add two proposed representatives of the class.

The Court will have to determine whether the amendments will be permitted, and a hearing will be scheduled for this purpose.  The attorneys for the class have also asked the Court to fix the dates for the authorization hearing (for the purpose of determining whether the Court will allow the action to proceed as a class action) as soon as possible. We do not currently know when this hearing will take place.

What is a class action?

A class action is a lawsuit that is brought by one or more person on behalf of a larger group of people whose claims share common legal and/or factual issues. Class actions provide a cost-effective way for groups of people with common interests to pursue a legal claim.

What does “certification” mean?

Certification is the motion where the court determines whether the action can properly be pursued as a class action. The court will consider factors such as whether the claims of the class members raise common legal and/or factual issues and whether a class action is the preferable method of pursuing the claims (as opposed to other methods, such as individual actions).

Do I have to pay anything to participate in the class action?

Class action lawyers are usually paid on a contingency basis. This means that class counsel are only paid if successful. Class counsel are paid a percentage of any settlement or court award. Class counsel fees are subject to court approval.

Can I join the class action?

There are no steps required to “join” the class action. Unless you opted-out (excluded yourself from the class action), assuming you fall within the scope of the class definition, you are automatically included in the class action.

I still have a question. Who should I contact?

If you have any other questions, please email us at recours@siskinds.com.

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