LifeLabs Class Action
Sotos LLP is working in collaboration with Waddell Phillips PC and Hunter Litigation Chambers and seeks to represent all persons resident in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories whose personal information was involved in the breach announced by the defendants on December 17, 2019.
These cases seek compensation for approximately 15 million Canadians whose sensitive personal health information was accessed by cyber-criminals in a hack in 2019. The information involved in the breach includes name, address, email, logins, passwords, date of birth, health card numbers, gender, phone numbers, password security questions and lab test results.
LifeLabs operates one of the largest medical testing laboratory companies in the world and is responsible for over a third of all laboratory tests in the province of British Columbia. LifeLabs has acknowledged that personal health information was “extracted” by hackers from its systems and that LifeLabs paid a ransom to the “retrieve” the information.
The plaintiffs allege that LifeLabs breached provincial privacy, consumer protection and other laws, and that it knew its IT security was inadequate and vulnerable to hackers but failed to put adequate systems in place to ensure the protection of the personal health information.