Yahoo Data Breach Class Action

FAQ

  1. What is a Class Action?
  2. What is this lawsuit about?
  3. What options do I have now?
  4. How do I know if I am a Class Member?
  5. When will the Settlement get finally approved?
  6. What if I do not want to participate in the settlement?
  7. Do I have a lawyer in this case?
  8. Can I tell the Court if I object to the settlement?
  9. What is the difference between objecting to the Settlement and opting out?
  10. What does opting out mean?
  11. How do I opt out?
  12. How much would I get from the settlement?
  1. What is a Class Action?

    A class action is a lawsuit filed by one person on behalf of a large group of people with the same concerns.

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  2. What is this lawsuit about?

    This Settlement resolves litigation against the Defendants alleging that the Defendants experienced multiple data breaches between 2013 and 2016 because they had inadequate data security measures in place to protect account holders’ personal information. The Plaintiffs claim that they were injured as a result.

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  3. What options do I have now?

    You may exclude yourself by “opting-out” from this Settlement, you may write to object to the Settlement, or you may do nothing.

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  4. How do I know if I am a Class Member?

    You are a Class Member if you are a Canadian resident with a Yahoo account at any time during the period January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2016, inclusive.

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  5. When will the Settlement get finally approved?

    The Court has a set a date of Friday, January 8, 2021 for the virtual Settlement Approval Hearing. The virtual hearing will take place at Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario. At the virtual hearing, the Court will consider arguments and evidence as to whether the Settlement is fair, reasonable, and in the best interest of the Class Members and whether class counsel’s fees, disbursements and taxes should be approved and whether the plaintiffs’ honoraria should be approved. We anticipate that the Court will decide whether to approve the Settlement soon after the hearing. Please click here to review instructions on to virtually attend the Settlement Approval Hearing. 

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  6. What if I do not want to participate in the settlement?

    If you do not want to receive benefits from the Settlement and want to retain your right to sue the Defendants for claims related to the Data Breaches, then you must actively remove yourself from the Class.  You may do this by asking in writing to be excluded from, or opt-out of, the Settlement. You must complete the Opt-Out Form and send it back to the Claims Administrator.

    The deadline to file an opt out has passed.  

    If you elect to exclude yourself, you will not be entitled to any benefits from the Settlement.

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  7. Do I have a lawyer in this case?

    Yes. The Court appointed as Class Counsel Charney Lawyers PC to represent you and the other Class Members.

    Charney Lawyers PC

    151 Bloor Street West, Suite 602

    Toronto, ON M5S 1S4

    Phone: (416) 964-7950

    e-mail: info@charneylawyers.com

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  8. Can I tell the Court if I object to the settlement?

    If you do not opt out of the Settlement, you (or your lawyer) may object in writing to the Court. The Court will consider your views. If you wish to make a submission to the Court commenting on or objecting to the proposed settlement, you must send your submissions in writing by email to the Claim Administrator at yahooclassaction@ricepoint.com, and ensure they are received no later than Monday, December 21, 2020. The Claims Administrator will provide all submissions to the Court and the Defendants in advance of the Approval Hearing. Your written submissions should include:

    • your name, address, and telephone number;

    • a brief statement of the reasons that you support or oppose the proposed settlement terms; and

    • whether you plan to attend the settlement approval hearing

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  9. What is the difference between objecting to the Settlement and opting out?

    You can object only if you participate in the Class. If you opt-out and therefore elect not to be part of the Settlement, you have no right to object to the Settlement because the case no longer affects you.

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  10. What does opting out mean?

    You will be irrevocably opted out of the Yahoo Data Breach class action and you will be excluded from any further participation in the class action, including in the Settlement of this action which has been reached between the parties, subject to approval of the Court.

    By opting out, you are confirming that you do not wish to be a Class Member and that you do not want to participate in the Settlement.

    If you are not a Class Member any longer, you will not be eligible to receive any benefits from any settlement or damages that may be awarded by the Court should the Settlement be rejected by the Court and the matter proceed to a common issues trial.

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  11. How do I opt out?

    The deadline to file an opt out has passed.  

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  12. How much would I get from the settlement?

    Please review the court documents on the Documents page of the website for further information on the case and the proposed settlement.

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