On May 30, 2014, the Supreme Court of British Columbia certified this action as a class action. Click here to review the Reasons for Judgment of Madam Justice S. Griffin of May 30, 2014.
The certification hearing went ahead on November 25-27, 2013.
Madam Justice Griffin has reserved, which means she will release her decision at a later date. We will make the decision available here when it is released.
Public redacted versions of the arguments for and against certification are available here:
- Plaintiff's Argument for Certification [REDACTED] [PDF]
- Facebook's Responding Argument against Certification [REDACTED] [PDF]
- Plaintiff's Reply Argument for Certification
The certification hearing scheduled for June 2013 was adjourned. The hearing has been rescheduled for November 25-27, 2013.
A settlement in a similar class proceeding in the United States has been approved. The settlement in the US action does not affect the claims advanced in this action in British Columbia.
The Georgia Straight recently covered this action in its legal column, Reasonable Doubt. You can read the story here: "Does Facebook violate privacy laws in B.C.?"
The action was also recently covered by the CBC: "B.C. woman hopes U.S. settlement will help Facebook lawsuit".
On December 14, 2012, Madam Justice Griffin ordered that Facebook's application on jurisdiction will be heard as a part of the Plaintiff's application for certification. The certification hearing is scheduled to be heard on June 18, 19, and 20, 2013. You can read Madam Justice Griffin's oral reasons at Douez v Facebook, 2012 BCSC 2097.
It has been reported that Facebook has entered into a settlement with the Plaintiff in a US lawsuit with respect to Sponsored Stories. This settlement:
a) Presently extends only to the claims advanced in the US Action, and does not affect the claims of Ms. Douez or of the proposed class members in the BC proceedings; and
b) Is conditional upon approval by the US Court, and approval has not yet been granted.