Adultery website Ashley Madison faces $578M Canadian class-action lawsuit over data breach

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Two Canadian law firms say they have filed a $578 million class-action lawsuit against the companies that run Ashley Madison after a hacker group's data breach exposed some 39 million memberships in the adultery website earlier this week.

Charney Lawyers and Sutts, Strosberg LLP, both of Ontario, said in a statement that they have filed on behalf of Canadians who subscribed to Ashley Madison and whose personal information was disclosed to the public.

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The action is brought against Avid Dating Life Inc. and Avid Life Media Inc., the Toronto-based companies that run AshleyMadison.com.

The plaintiff in the lawsuit is Eliot Shore, an Ottawa widower. Shore says he joined the website for a short time in search of companionship after he lost his wife to breast cancer.