Friday, May 30, 2014

Facebook "sponsored stories" class action certified

Today, the British Columbia Supreme Court certified a class action against Facebook Inc. in connection with the "sponsored stories" feature of the web platform.

Here is the decision, which I expect will be published on the court's website shortly: Douez v. Facebook, Inc., 2014 BCSC 953.

Most interestingly, the Court determined that the choice of law and forum selection clauses in the Facebook terms of service did not necessarily preclude the lawsuit from going ahead in BC because the Privacy Act provides that all claims under the statute are to be heard by the Supreme Court of BC.

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