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Vehicle accident plaintiff loses bid to appeal without paper court transcripts

July 25, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A motor vehicle accident victim wanting to appeal a personal injury lawsuit award without having to pay to get paper court transcripts has lost her bid to appeal using audio court records. Yolando Girao was injured in 2002 in an

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End of the line for auto injury lawsuit over restaurant tip income

July 13, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A former restaurant server who sought a $3.8-million award after being hit by a car has lost her bid to have her lawsuit heard by the Supreme Court of Canada. The Supreme Court of Canada announced Thursday it has dismissed

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How this insurer fared against a drunk driver’s “regurgitation” defence

July 10, 2018 by David Gambrill

After a drunk driver regurgitates alcohol from the stomach to the mouth, taking a breathalyzer test just seconds shy of a 15-minute wait period doesn’t necessarily render the test invalid, a B.C. court has found. In reaching its conclusion, the

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The obligation to defend additional insureds

June 19, 2018 Talaal Bond, partner, Matthews Abogado LLP

It was snowing heavily on February 8, 2013 when Antonio Carneiro Jr. drove his car downhill on Brock Rd. near Pickering, Ontario. He lost control. His vehicle slid into the path of an oncoming vehicle at the intersection with Whitevale

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Should accident benefits for minor injuries be optional?

June 5, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Should greater choice in auto insurance for Ontario motorists include the ability of insureds to opt out of benefits for minor injuries? David Marshall, a special advisor to Finance Minister Charles Sousa, has questioned whether accident benefits should cover minor

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Ugly trend in auto claims so far this year: OSFI data

May 30, 2018 by David Gambrill

Federally regulated Canadian property and casualty insurers have paid out $535 million more in auto claims during the first quarter of 2018 than they did during the same period last year, according to financial results posted by Canada’s solvency regulator.

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Broker training underway for new distance-based auto insurance

May 23, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers selling auto insurance written by the CAA Insurance are now getting trained on a new product targeting low-mileage drivers. All 41 of CAA Insurance’s broker partners “are being trained on all aspects” of MyPace, CAA Insurance president Matthew Turack

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Ontario auto insurance rates up in first quarter of 2018

April 16, 2018 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Auto insurance rates in Ontario increased in the first quarter of 2018, putting the Liberal government further away from its promise to cut rates by 15 per cent. The numbers released Friday by the Financial Services Commission of

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Zombies on the sidewalk

March 19, 2018 Adam Campbell, senior associate, human factors, 30 Forensic Engineering

The science behind ‘Zombie Laws’ and their potential effect on the litigation of pedestrian collisions

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Should body shops be allowed to pay referral fees to towing firms?

March 15, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

A recent Aviva Canada auto repair fraud investigation raises the question of whether body shops should be allowed pay referral fees to tow truck operators. CSN, which has more than 335 collision repair centres in Canada, does not give referral

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Magna International partnering with Lyft on self driving vehicle systems

March 15, 2018 THE CANADIAN PRESS

AURORA, Ont. – Auto parts manufacturer Magna International says it has struck a multi-year collaboration with rideshare company Lyft to jointly fund, develop and manufacture self-driving systems at scale Aurora, Ont.-based Magna says the co-developed self-driving systems could be used

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New discount proposed for claimants who use insurers’ accredited body shops

March 13, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

In the wake of an undercover investigation that allegedly caught collision repair centres deliberately damaging vehicles, Aviva Canada is pushing for discounts for vehicle owners who agree to use an insurer’s accredited body shop. Such a discount would require a