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Markham General fallout continues

August 22, 2002   by Canadian Underwriter

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Following the wind-up of Ontario-based Markham General, bodyshops are reporting that previously filed claims are not being paid. This follows a Toronto Star report early this week that stated cheques issued by the failed insurer are bouncing.
The Collision Industry Action Group, in an information piece sent out to shopowners, notes that it has been contacted by shops who have not yet been paid for work previously done for the insurer.
The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) taken control of the insurer’s assets, issued a wind-up order appointed a liquidator to deal with outstanding claims.
These claims will be handled through the Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation (PACICC), however PACICC CEO Alex Kennedy warned in a previous interview with CU that personal injury claims will be held up in Ontario due to outdated legislation there.
PACICC has also noted it will pay 70% of unearned premiums up to a maximum of $700 for policyholders who had not already received such a payment from Markham General.
In the Star report, Kennedy notes that some policyholders were not even aware that there policies had been cancelled by Markham General and even driven unknowingly without insurance.

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