B.C. court awards nominal damages for privacy breach

15 Jan

The British Columbia Supreme Court awarded nominal damages for a privacy breach on November 23rd of last year.

The plaintiffs advanced the claim under the British Columbia Privacy Act. The Court awarded $100 to a defendant’s estranged mother because the defendant read and made a copy of her will after finding it while searching for her own documents. It also awarded a company operated by the estranged mother $50 because the defendant read and made a copy of a business letter and showed it to others. (The parties agreed that a corporation could sue for breach of privacy under the statute.)

The Court also held that the defendant’s brother, who had merely viewed a copy of the business letter, did not breach the Act.

Fillion v. Fillion, 2011 BCSC 1593 (CanLII).

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