FEDERAL COURT CLASS PROCEEDING

Citation: 2022 FC 587

BETWEEN:

JOHN DOE, SUZIE JONES and PENNY KOZMENSKI

PLAINTIFFS

- and –

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN

DEFENDANT

The Federal Court of Canada certified a class action lawsuit against Her Majesty the Queen (“Health Canada”) concerning the mailing of approximately 40,000 letters to participants in the Marihuana Medical Access Program in November 2013, in envelopes referring explicitly to the “Marihuana Medical Access Program” or “Programme D'acces a Ia Marihuana a des Fins Medicales” (the “Letters”).

The plaintiffs allege that Health Canada breached the privacy of members of the Marihuana Medical Access Program when it sent the Letters.

The plaintiffs are asking the Court to order Health Canada to pay compensation to affected individuals for, among other things, the alleged breach of privacy.

Health Canada denies that it did anything wrong. A judge will decide if Health Canada is liable at a trial. The date for that trial has not yet been set.

The lawsuit is brought on behalf of all persons who were sent a letter from Health Canada in November 2013 that had the phrase Marihuana Medical Access Program on the envelope. If you meet the class definition, you are automatically included in the class action unless you opt out by July 21, 2022.

“Class” or “Class Member” means all persons who were sent a letter from Health Canada in November 2013 that had the phrase Marihuana Medical Access Program or similar French phrase visible on the front of the envelope.

You do not need to pay anything out of your pocket to take part in the lawsuit. The lawyers appointed by the Court to represent the class will only be paid if the claims are successful. If that occurs, the lawyers will request a percentage of the total amount recovered for the class and will ask to be reimbursed for their disbursements. This percentage will be no greater than 33.33%, and must be approved by the Court.

IF YOU REQUIRE FURTHER INFORMATION OR HAVE QUESTIONS WITH REGARDS TO THE MARIHUANA MEDICAL ACCESS PROGRAM PRIVACY BREACH CLASS ACTION, PLEASE SEE CLASS COUNSEL'S WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AT www.marijuanaclassaction.com

More information on the case is available at  www.marijuanaclassaction.com along with the Amended Statement of Claim, the Order certifying the action, and other Court documents.

You can also register on the website at  www.marijuanaclassaction.com.  If you register, you will receive periodic email updates regarding the action and advising you of any steps that you are required to take.  If you visit the website, it will also advise you of any steps you are required to take (whether you are registered or not).

IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO PARTICIPTE IN THE MARIHUANA MEDICAL ACCESS PROGRAM PRIVACY BREACH CLASS ACTION, GO TO THE OPT OUT PAGE ON THIS WEBSITE OR CONTACT TRILOGY CLASS ACTION SERVICES AT 1‑877‑406‑5302 OR .