Supreme Court rejects Equifax case to prevent Quebec class action

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada refuses to hear the Equifax case, which sought to prevent Quebec class action.

The Quebec courts have already authorized the class action of Daniel Li, a resident of Pierrefonds, who blames the company for the leak of personal information revealed in 2017.

In early September 2017, Equifax admitted that a security loophole had been discovered in the previous summer that compromised the credit information of 143 million Americans, as well as an undetermined number of Canadians and British.

Mr. Li filed an application for class action against Equifax and Equifax Canada. The company wanted the Quebec courts to suspend the study of the file pending a final judgment in the other class actions brought elsewhere in Canada, including one in Ontario.

But now, Mr. Li’s application was filed before the Ontario application. The Superior Court of Quebec, then the Quebec Court of Appeal, refused Equifax’s motion.

The highest court in the country, Thursday morning, decided not to hear the call of the company. As usual, the Supreme Court of Canada has not given reasons for its decision.

The class action petition filed in the Ontario Superior Court in 2017 claimed $ 550 million in damages for Canadians whose personal information stored by Equifax was stolen by hackers.

According to Equifax, the theft of information about Canadians could contain names, addresses and social insurance numbers.

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