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$50M class action filed lawsuit against Casino Rama after cyberattack

Last Updated Nov 11, 2016 at 9:25 pm EDT

A sign in front of Casino Rama in Orilia Ont., on January 14, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/J.P. Moczulski

One day after Casino Rama announced it was the victim of a cyberattack, a $50 million “national privacy breach” class action lawsuit is in the works.

The suit is being led by Charney Lawyers PC and Sutts-Strosberg LPP. Both firms are well known litigators.

The lawyers have been involved in previous class actions concerning Bell Canada, Ashley Madison and Peoples Trust Company.

“This is a massive privacy breach. We still do not know the whole story but it looks like Casino Rama rolled the dice with employee, customer and vendor data rather than invest in state-of-the-art security measures,” Ted Charney of Charney Lawyers PC said.

David Robins of Suts-Strosberg LPP said that in this digital age Casino Rama’s employees, patrons and suppliers reasonably expected that their sensitive and confidential information would be protected.

Casino Rama became aware of the situation on Nov. 4.

Personal and banking information, along with social insurance numbers and dates of birth, were stolen.

The casino told people affected to keep an eye on their bank accounts, credit cards and other financial information.

On Friday evening, Casino Rama released the following statement:

“There is now evidence that stolen customer and employee personal information has been published on the Internet.

We urge past and present Casino Rama Resort employees and customers who have provided personal or financial information to the casino to actively monitor their financial accounts and information, and to report any suspicious activity immediately to their financial institutions.

There is an ongoing investigation into this matter by law enforcement and we will not be confirming any of the stolen data to protect the identity of any affected individuals.

Casino Rama Resort deeply regrets the situation and recognizes the seriousness of this issue. While we continue to investigate we appreciate the understanding of our customers, employees and stakeholders.”

On Monday, Flaherty McCarthy LLP will also launch at $500 million class action suit against Casino Rama Inc., Penn National Gaming Inc., and the OLG.

Casino Rama Privacy Breach Press Release by CityNewsToronto on Scribd