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Kugler Kandestin files class action against the Desjardins Group in connection with massive data breach of close to 3 million members

Update July 5, 2019:  On July 5, 2019, we sent an email to class members who have communicated with us to date in order to respond to questions with respect to the class action.  We invite you to read our email by clicking here.

On June 21, 2019, Kugler Kandestin, in conjunction with LPC Avocats Inc., filed an application for authorization to institute a class action against the Fédérations des Caisses Desjardins du Québec  and the numerous “Caisse Desjardins” credit unions in connection with the massive and unprecedented data breach that Desjardins publicly reported on June 20th.

It is reported that the personal data of 2.7 million people and 173,000 businesses – comprising names, addresses, birth dates, social insurance numbers, email addresses, and information about their transaction habits – was improperly and unlawfully accessed by a former Desjardins employee and disclosed to third parties.

The proposed class action, which includes all Desjardins members whose personal data was breached, alleges that Desjardins did not have a sufficient system or adequate measures in place to adequately protect its members’ personal and highly sensitive information and claims significant compensatory and punitive damages.

Another class action was filed against the Desjardins Group in Québec City by Siskinds. Kugler Kandestin and Siskinds have agreed to work together in the context of one class action.  More details will follow as soon as there is news to report.

We will continue to update this page as the case progresses.