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B.C. Supreme Court awards $4.2 million for future loss of income

June 1, 2007 by

The Supreme Court of British Columbia recently awarded a widow $6.4 million, $4.2 million of which was for the potential loss of support due to her husband’s death in a 2002 car accident. In July, 2002 Barry Carter was driving…

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The Defence Costs Allocation Dispute

June 1, 2007 by Donald J. Mcgarvey and Alexis N. Moulton

Finding principled solutions and retaining the insured's future premiums

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Refinish Regulations Go Green

June 1, 2007 by Lee Smith

Environment Canada's proposed regulations for mandatory limits on VOC (volatile organic compounds) content in automotive paint refinishing will mean changes for the auto repair and insurance industries. Training and education can ensure an orderly transition so quality is guaranteed, customers...

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Expert Witnesses – Hired Guns or Truth Seekers

June 1, 2007 by Ron Koerth

An expert should not care which side hires them, because the truth is still the truth.

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CIAA’s Ontario Region Educational Seminar

June 1, 2007 by Laura Kupcis

On May 10, four lawyers from McCague Peacock Borlack McInnis & Lloyd LLP spoke at the Canadian Independent Adjusters' Association's Ontario Region educational seminar about changes to the Commercial General Liability policy, ambiguous wording in policies, changes to the Ontario...

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Reduce the Pain of Catastrophic Injury Claims

June 1, 2007 by Ralph Fenik and Phil R. Thorpe

If insurers, reinsurers and risk managers could have one wish granted, it might well be for a potion to control the cost of catastrophic injury claims. In spite of the implementation of caps on awards for whiplash-type cases in many…

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Know Your Contract Law ABCs

June 1, 2007 by

A Series of Articles Provided by the Insurance Institute of Canada

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B.C. case affirms claimants must provide complete information

June 1, 2007 by

A recent B.C. Supreme Court jury decision in Rallahan v. Siu and Litt reinforces the need for claimants to provide complete and accurate information when making a claim with auto insurers. The court ruled Balwinder Singh Rallahan failed to provide…

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Potentially largest auto theft ring in Canada uncovered

June 1, 2007 by

Laval, Qubec police have broken up an alleged auto theft ring that may prove to be the biggest ever uncovered in Canada. Police estimate there are more than 700 fully assembled vehicles, plus 200 with parts removed on the 1,000-square…

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Law Society to regulate SABS representatives

June 1, 2007 by

The Law Society of Upper Canada is now responsible in law for regulating independent paralegals, including Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) representatives. FSCO has been consulting with the law society on how the transition to paralegal regulation by the law…

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B.C. caps vicarious liability for vehicle rental companies

June 1, 2007 by

The B.C. government has capped at $1 million the vicarious liability car rental companies–and by extension, their insurers–face for accidents and damages caused by customers who rent vehicles. “Currently, car rental companies face unlimited liability for accidents and damages caused…

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Report links loyalty and satisfaction in collision repair

June 1, 2007 by

Mitchell International has released a report examining owner/policy-holder’s experience with direct repair programs and the impact on satisfaction and loyalty. According to researchers, in the collision repair industry customer satisfaction and customer loyalty are more closely linked than in other…