September 8, 2017
Media Release

“The Equifax data breach is the largest and most serious in North American history,” said Tony Merchant upon the launching of a national class action regarding the Equifax data loss. “Equifax, entrusted with a wide array of financial information regarding Canadians, Americans, and others throughout the world, has jeopardized the financial safety of Canadians.”

If you wish to join our E-bulletin contact list for this class action, please visit our class action page by clicking this link

A copy of the issued Statement of Claim is attached. Note particularly paragraphs 10, 15, 16, and 32.

“Equifax claims to have offered free credit monitoring services for a year, at least to US customers but a part of the terms of service for that offered free year of credit protection involves a waiver of rights to participate in any class action law suits,” said Mr. Merchant.

“Whether such a waiver would prove to be effective (give that TrusteeID is not Equifax) is questionable, but potential class members should think twice before signing up under this “deal”. There are legal arguments that indicate such a ruse by Equifax will not succeed but class members should nonetheless exercise care.”

“I stress,” Tony Merchant emphasized, “the importance of the impact is that all of the information about people has been aggregated in one place. Data loss of multiple identifiers of individuals is profoundly more significant than the single loss of a credit card number, the single loss of a social insurance number, the loss of mortgage information, the loss individually of pieces of financial information.”

Merchant Law today issued legal proceedings in Saskatchewan and on Monday will be issuing legal proceedings in Quebec, in Ontario, and perhaps in other jurisdictions.

All Canadians, businesses and individuals, who are interested in information and being made aware of the progress of the ongoing class action, should provide their contact information through the website

Merchant Law Group LLP has ten offices across Canada, from Quebec to British Columbia. Merchant Law Group and E.F. Anthony Merchant, Q.C. are well known for involvement in mass tort and class action cases in Canada, which include lawsuits involving Winners Home Sense, Residential Schools, OxyContin, 60s Scoop, System Access Fees, Hollinger, Honda, Yaz and Yasmin, Toyota, Maple Leaf Foods, and many other cases on our website.

For media seeking actuality or comment, call Tony Merchant, Q.C. at 1-306-539-7777.
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About Donald I.M. Outerbridge

Donald became the Executive Director of Merchant Law Group LLP starting in 1993, nearly 30 years ago. His experience managing law firms at various levels and in multiple provinces across Canada goes back even further to 1981.