November 27, 2019

A California federal judge on Tuesday certified a class of current Facebook users seeking to change Facebook's security practices over claims the social media giant's negligence led to a data breach that affected 29 million users, but rejected two other proposed classes seeking monetary damages.

While named plaintiff Stephen Adkins requested certification for three separate classes — one seeking an injunction to change Facebook's security practices, one seeking cash for future credit monitoring and one seeking damages from time spent devoted to the data breach — U.S. District Judge William Alsup found that only the worldwide class seeking to change Facebook's security practices to avoid further harm to users met the requirements for class certification.

The judge appointed Adkins as class representative and chose Andrew Friedman of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, John Yanchunis of Morgan & Morgan Complex Litigation Group and Ariana Tadler of Tadler Law LLP as class counsel.

Adkins, on behalf of the proposed injunction class, wants a declaration that Facebook's existing security measures aren't good enough, according to the order, and that, to comply with its duties of care to provide adequate security, Facebook needs to implement reasonable security measures, including adding third-party security auditors and internal personnel and conducting periodic systems testing.

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The users are represented by Andrew Friedman of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, John Yanchunis of Morgan & Morgan Complex Litigation Group and Ariana Tadler of Tadler Law LLP.

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