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Canada Student Loans Press Release
MEDIA RELEASE – Tuesday, March 18, 2014 3:30 p.m.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Federal Court Approves National Class Action Lawsuit for Canada Student Loans Privacy Breach.
St. John’s lawyer, Bob Buckingham, one of the lead counsel representing individuals whose privacy was breached as a result of a lost external hard drive by the Federal Government announced today the Federal Court of Canada has certified the class action lawsuit against the Federal Government.
On March 17, 2014 the Federal Court of Canada certified the class action lawsuit against the Federal Government in relation to the Canadian Ministry of Human Resources and Skills Development’s loss of an external hard drive containing the personal information of approximately 583,000 Canada Student Loan Program borrowers. By order dated March 17, 2014, the Honourable Madam Justice Gagné certified the action on behalf of a national class of persons, represented by Gaelen Condon, Rebecca Walker and Angela Piggott.
“This is a major step forward in this process,” said Mr. Buckingham.
“The legal team will now focus its energies on moving the matter to conclusion as quickly as possible. There is significant interest in this action – more than 24,000 people have viewed my firm’s Facebook page since the decision was issued yesterday,” said Mr. Buckingham.
Mr. Buckingham noted, “The certification application was argued in December 2013 on behalf of the plaintiffs by Ward Branch of Branch MacMaster LLP and Theodore Charney of Charney Lawyers. The plaintiffs are extremely pleased with the decision.”
The Federal Court of Canada certification decision clears the way for the Court to consider the merits of the Plaintiffs’ claims on behalf of the entire class of people affected. At this time, the plaintiffs do not know the identities of the individuals whose information was lost. Nevertheless, the order provides a method for all affected individuals to be notified of the class proceeding as well as any requirements to participate. Anyone who received a Canada Student Loan between 2000 and 2006 from any province except Quebec, or the territories of Nunavut or the Northwest Territories may register as potential claimants at www.studentloansclassaction.com.
“More than 580,000 people had their privacy breached as a result of the lost external hard drive in 2012,” said Mr. Buckingham.
Mr. Harvey Strosberg, one of the leading Class Action lawyers in the country, and also a lead member of the legal team representing the class, said “Anyone affected by the privacy breach can obtain information on the class action by visiting the private confidential website setup for this action and we urge them to do so. Already more than 25,000 people have registered.”
The Class Action registration website is: www.studentloansclassaction.com
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Privacy Breaches at Central, Eastern and Western Health
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"Three lawfirms proceeding with privacy breach class-action suit" (TheTelegram.com - Jan 11, 2013)
St. John's lawyer Bob Buckingham is joining a consortium of three law firms from across the country in a national class-action lawsuit against the Attorney General of Canada.
The basis of the legal action is the breach of privacy of more than half a million people in the recent loss of Canada Student Loan borrower information by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
On Jan. 11, the federal government announced that personal and financial information of about 583,000 student loan borrowers was lost.
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada said an external hard drive containing data on Canada Student Loans Program borrowers from 2000-2006 was lost from an office in Gatineau, Que.
On Jan. 17, Buckingham Law filed a national class action. Sutts, Strosberg LLP, Falconer Charney LLP and Branch MacMaster LLP subsequently initiated legal proceedings.
Click here to read the full article on The Telegram website.