The suit, filed in DC superior court, represents Racine’s latest attempt to hold Zuckerberg personally liable after a judge rejected an attempt last year to name Zuckerberg as a defendant in an ongoing suit against Facebook over the same issue.
What made Monday’s suit against Zuckerberg possible now, according to Racine’s office, was a trove of evidence unearthed during the litigation process in the ongoing case involving Facebook.
“The evidence shows Mr. Zuckerberg was personally involved in Facebook’s failure to protect the privacy and data of its users leading directly to the Cambridge Analytica incident,” Racine said in a statement Monday. “This unprecedented security breach exposed tens of millions of Americans’ personal information, and Mr. Zuckerberg’s policies enabled a multi-year effort to mislead users about the extent of Facebook’s wrongful conduct. This lawsuit is not only warranted, but necessary, and sends a message that corporate leaders, including CEOs, will be held accountable for their actions.”
The complaint continued: “As CEO, Zuckerberg had the authority to control and direct — and had knowledge of — Facebook’s deceptive trade practices and misrepresentations to District consumers.”
As a result, the complaint said, Zuckerberg should be held responsible under DC’s consumer protection law and ought to pay damages and restitution, along with being barred from violating the district’s consumer protection law again.