Facebook Class Action Settlement

Meta Platforms Inc.  – Facebook Sponsored Stories Class Action Settlement

Deborah Louise Douez vs Meta Platforms Inc. (formerly known as Facebook Inc.)

Supreme Court of British Columbia, Action No. S-122316

MNP Ltd. has been appointed by the Supreme Court of British Columbia (the “Court”) to administer the notice and claims administration process in accordance with the provisions of the Proposed Settlement Agreement of the Deborah Louise Douez vs Meta Platforms Inc. (formerly known as Facebook Inc.) Class Action Settlement (“Claims Administrator”).

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of all resident natural persons of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Newfoundland and Labrador who were members of Facebook and residents of these provinces at any time from January 1, 2011, to May 30, 2014, and:

  1. who at any time during this period were registered with Facebook using their real name, or had a profile picture that included an identifiable self-image, or both; and
  2. whose real name, identifiable portrait, or both were used by Facebook in a Sponsored Story.

If you were not a member of Facebook, and resident of one of the listed provinces during all or part of the time period above, you are not considered a class member and are not able to participate in this class action.

The Court appointed the plaintiff, Deborah Douez, as Representative Plaintiff on behalf of the Class. Class Counsel is Branch MacMaster LLP (“Class Counsel”).

A class action settlement has been reached between Deborah Louise Douez vs Meta Platforms Inc. (formerly known as Facebook Inc.) (the “Settlement Agreement”). The Settlement Agreement is a compromise of disputed claims and is not an admission of liability or wrongdoing or fault by the defendant.

The Settlement Agreement provides for the payment of $51,000,000 (fifty-one million dollars) by Facebook in exchange for a full release by the Class of all claims against them in issue in the class action. The amount of compensation available to each Class Member will be determined after the August 20, 2024 claims deadline. 

If you are a Class Member, you are automatically included in the Class and will be bound by the Settlement Agreement, if approved by the Court, unless you opted out of the class proceeding by May 8, 2020, pursuant to prior orders of the Court. 

Notice of Settlement

On March 20, 2024, the Supreme Court of British Columbia approved the Settlement Agreement of the Deborah Louise Douez vs. Meta Platforms Inc. (formerly known as Facebook Inc.) Class Action. Refer to the Settlement Approval Order for further information.

Claims Process

Each Class Member seeking compensation pursuant to the Settlement Agreement is considered a potential claimant ("Claimant"). In order to participate in the distribution of the net settlement funds ("Distribution") a Class Member must submit a completed claim form ("Claim Form") to the Claims Administrator. 

 All claims must be received by the Claims Administrator by no later than
5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on August 20, 2024 




Distribution of the Settlement Funds

Payment of Settlement Amounts will be calculated for approved claims and made via E-transfer after the August 20, 2024 Claims Deadline.

The E-Transfer will be sent to your email address as stated by you on the Claim Form. If you provide an incorrect email address you will not be eligible to make a claim. If your email address changes or needs to be updated at any time, promptly contact the Claims Administrator.

The maximum payment is $200.00 for each qualifying eligible class member. However, payments to each class member will be less than $200.00 depending on how many class members make claims on the settlement fund. Each class member may make a maximum of one claim, regardless of how many Facebook accounts the class member used. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Due to the high volume of inquiries we have received in relation to the Class Action Notice that was released, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page for more in-depth information to the most commonly anticipated questions.

Further details of this class action can also be found on Class Counsel’s web page under Facebook Sponsored Stories.