On May 28, 2018, and after the issue had been reported in the media, BMO Bank of Montreal announced that in early 2018, cybercriminals accessed the personal information of approximately 40,000 users of its banking services.
This personal information included users’ names, dates of birth, social insurance numbers, bank account numbers, credit and debit card numbers, and other important identifying information. In some instances, this personal information was made public; it is not known at this time what use has been made of this stolen personal information.
Jay Wilson, represented by Siskinds LLP and Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP, commenced a proposed class action against BMO, in Ontario, on behalf of all clients of BMO whose personal information was accessed in the early 2018 event. The Statement of Claim alleges that BMO breached contractual and statutory obligations it owed to class members.
The opt-out deadline for this class action has now passed.
What Happens Next?
There is a proposed settlement that the Ontario Court will be asked to approve in February 2021. Further information is available here: https://www.siskinds.com/class-action/bmo-simplii-financial-privacy-breach/
(February 17, 2021) - The hearing of the settlement approval motions in the CIBC/Simplii and Bank of Montreal privacy breach class actions has been adjourned by the Court. New dates will be published here as soon as they are available. We will also post electronic details of the hearings here when they are available.
(February 18, 2021) - The Court has now rescheduled the hearing of the settlement approval motions in the CIBC/Simplii and Bank of Montreal privacy breach class actions to April 6, 2021 at 10:00 am Eastern Time (8:00 am Mountain Time). This hearing will proceed virtually. We will post further details regarding access to the virtual hearing when they become available.
BMO Class Action Registration
Speaking to a Lawyer
If you would like to speak to one of the lawyers involved in this action, please give us a call. The lawyers will answer your questions regarding this proposed class action at no cost to you.
Affected persons are encouraged to contact:
JSS Barristers LLP