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Meta Pixel Tax Info Class Action

December 2022

What is the Meta Pixel Tax Info Class Action?

The Hoda Law Firm is lead counsel to a putative class of Facebook users who allege their sensitive tax-return information was gathered by the Meta Pixel. The case is Doe v. Meta, Case No. 22-cv-07557 (N.D. Cal.). 

What are the claims in the case?

The Doe lawsuit alleges that at least three third-party online tax-preparation services installed the Meta Pixel on their sites, which sent users' tax-return information to Meta – including in some instances the users' names, email addresses, adjusted gross incomes, the names of their dependents, their health-savings account usage, and their dependents' college scholarship amounts. 

The Doe lawsuit alleges that this information gathering constituted a breach of Meta's contracts with Facebook users and violated federal and state invasion-of-privacy laws. 

Is the Doe case a class action? What does that mean?

Yes, the Doe case is a class action. That means the individual plaintiff (i.e., the person who initiated the lawsuit) will be asking the Judge to allow her to represent the entire group of people who, like her, are alleged to have been harmed by Meta's conduct.

The Doe case has not yet reached the "class certification" stage, so it remains to be seen whether the Judge will allow the case to proceed as a class action.

How long has the Doe case been pending?

The Hoda Law Firm filed the Doe case on behalf of our client and the putative class on December 1, 2022. Two additional cases involving Meta's collection of tax information were filed subsequently. Those cases have been consolidated as In re Meta Pixel Tax Filing Cases and are proceeding before Judge Susan Illston. 

On March 31, 2023, Judge Illston appointed The Hoda Law Firm to the Executive Committee that will manage and prosecute the Meta Pixel Tax Filing Cases. Meta's response to the plaintiffs' allegations will come due soon, at which point Meta will either answer the Complaint or file a Motion to Dismiss.

What should I do if I believe my sensitive tax information was also collected by the Pixel?

If you used the online tax preparation services H&R Block, TaxAct, or TaxSlayer to file your taxes any time in the past four years, we want to hear from you. It is important that everyone have their voices heard. Fill out our contact form or give us a call at (832) 848-0036. We are here to listen and give you guidance.

Practice area(s): Civil Litigation, Class Action, Contracts / Agreements

Marshal Hoda

Marshal J. Hoda is an award-winning civil litigator passionate about fighting for his clients, legal futurism, mountaineering, and his dogs Leo and Sid.