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B.C. applying for stay in court ruling on auto injury claims: Attorney General

April 6, 2021 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – British Columbia is applying for a partial stay in a recent B.C. Supreme Court ruling about jurisdiction over motor vehicle injury disputes, pending its appeal of the same decision, Attorney General David Eby said this week. The March

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What could happen to your jury notice under rules of simplified procedure during COVID

March 18, 2021 by David Gambrill

If an insurer consents to defend a client’s auto liability claim under an Ontario court’s rules of simplified procedure, then that client could lose their option for a jury trial — especially when the pandemic causes delays in forming a

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RSA Canada approved for credit scoring in auto

March 16, 2021 by David Gambrill

Nova Scotia’s insurance regulator has approved RSA Canada’s proposed introduction of a “Quality Rating Factor” (QRF), which uses credit scoring for rating auto insurance. RSA Canada’s proposed QRF, obtained with the client’s consent, will only apply to writing new auto

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Why auto rates are increasing despite fewer drivers on the road

March 6, 2021 by Jason Contant

Average auto insurance rates rose in Canada during the second half of 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns that led to fewer drivers on the road, a new report from LowestRates.ca found. The average auto insurance premium climbed by

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Public auto insurer to issue pandemic rebate cheques

February 26, 2021 by Jason Contant

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the latest public auto insurer to announce customer rebates for drivers resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Both Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) and the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) announced rebates in January and

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Will Alberta move to a pure no-fault auto insurance system?

November 23, 2020 by Jason Contant

An Alberta auto insurance advisory committee has recommended the province move to a pure no-fault system delivered by private insurers, a change that the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) does not feel would be in the best interest of drivers.

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Will changes to Alberta auto reduce insurers’ claims costs?

November 20, 2020 by Jason Contant

Proposed changes to auto insurance regulations in Alberta and new Orders in Council should help reduce claims costs for insurers, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) told Canadian Underwriter Thursday. Bill 41, the Insurance (Enhancing Driver Affordability and Care) Amendment Act,

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No, you can’t ram a car in a fit of road rage and collect insurance for the damage

September 18, 2020 by David Gambrill

A B.C. driver recently learned the hard way that you can’t ram your car into another car during a parking lot road rage incident and then make an insurance claim for the repair. Majid Abood was waiting in his car

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This car is orange. Do your clients know it won’t necessarily cost any extra to insure it?

September 1, 2020 by David Gambrill

Driving in the passing lane of the highway, your client sees in her rearview mirror an antenna pull up behind her. A horn blares. She pulls into the right lane, and an orange Lamborghini Aventador moves ahead, leaving her behind

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What road tests and bookings may look like during the pandemic

July 23, 2020 by David Gambrill

B.C.’s public insurer is starting to re-book road tests that were interrupted by the pandemic, prioritizing drivers whose Class 5 and 7 road tests were cancelled between Mar. 17 and June 26, 2020. The insurer is reaching out to Class

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Court dismisses class action against insurers for handling of HST in auto AB claims

July 17, 2020 by David Gambrill

Ontario’s Superior Court has quashed a proposed class action lawsuit against 16 Ontario auto insurers — a dispute related to insurers deducting HST tax from accident benefits paid out to minor auto accident injury victims — because only the LAT

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How an insurer in an “underinsured” auto case reduced its exposure by more than $452K

July 7, 2020 by David Gambrill

An Ontario auto insurer in an underinsured accident case is entitled to make a subrogated claim against a third party – in this case, a bartender who was found 11% responsible for a fatal car crash — even though its