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Lerners Personal Injury Lawyers Succeed in Divisional Court Catastrophic Impairment Case

Last week, the Divisional Court released its decision in Security National v. Hodges, 2014 ONSC 3627. This was a judicial review of a Financial Services Commission of Ontario Director’s Delegate decision. The...more

Is a FSCO Arbitration Backlog Developing?

Listening to the news about the cresting flood waters in Manitoba, I am reminded about the flood of accident benefit disputes making its way through Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO)....more

Insurance Coverage – Bad Faith – Uninsured Motorist Arbitration

Ted Maslo v. Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (June 27, 2014) - When an auto insurer and the insured cannot agree on the value of an uninsured motorist claim, either...more

Lo-Papa v. Certas Direct Insurance Company and the Minor Injury Guideline

A recent decision by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario reiterates that the onus to prove entitlement to benefits and treatment outside of the Minor Injury Guideline rests with the Insured....more

California Court Allows Uninsured Motorist Bad Faith Suit to Proceed

In its recent decision in Maslo v. Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance, 2014 Cal. App. LEXIS 564 (Cal. App. June 27, 2014), the California Court of Appeals for the Second Appellate District had occasion to consider whether an...more

Blecker: GM Recalls Show Need for Harsher Penalties for "Red Collar" Criminals [Video]

July 1, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Robert Blecker, professor of law at New York Law School, talks with Lee Pacchia about the recently released internal investigation into the failure to report a problem with ignition switches on...more

Signatories And Non-Signatories Denied Motions To Compel Arbitration

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and a federal district court in Michigan have each issued opinions on motions to compel arbitration. In the Michigan opinion, the court granted a motion for summary judgment, in favor of the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Decide Whether Wrongful Death Suits are Subject to Arbitration

The United States Supreme Court was recently asked to determine whether the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts a state law rule that prohibits enforcement of pre-dispute arbitration agreements in certain wrongful death...more

Texas Supreme Court weekly orders (6/14)

In its order list for June 20, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court issued opinions in eight cases and granted review in one case. In this post, I will summarize the opinions in four cases, and also describe the case in which the...more

Claim Against Solicitors Summarily Dismissed by Reason of Advocate's Immunity

Advocate's immunity is a valuable defence for solicitors and barristers preventing the re-litigation of disputes by disgruntled litigants. The recent decision of Stillman v Rushbourne [2014] NSWSC, in which we acted for the...more

Social Media Roundup: The Top 5 Buzzing Issues

Here is a look at some of the hottest topics lawyers and others in the legal industry have been abuzz about: 1. BP’s change of heart over its settlement for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster - In...more

The Importance of Settlement Authority at a Pre-Hearing

Arbitrator Wilson’s recent decision in Dabrowska and Aviva Canada [FSCO A13-007793] is a warning to Insurers attending Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) pre-hearings – always have authority!...more

The Cereal Coupon That Saves You 50 Cents and Costs You Your Rights

Earlier this year, General Mills added language to its website that stated consumers agreed to give up the right to sue by accepting certain small benefits from the company. According to the quietly introduced terms,...more

Condominium Construction Defects Legislation Introduced

Proposed legislation to reduce the cost of construction defect claims and encourage condominium construction has been introduced in the Colorado legislature. The long-awaited bill, Senate Bill 14-220, sponsored by Sen. Jessie...more

Selective Way Ins. Co. v. Schulle, Western District of Virginia

The Western District of Virginia reaffirmed the standard for production of information during discovery, as well as the importance of fair mediation, in its recent decision of Selective Way Insurance Co. v. Schulle. ...more

The Single Biggest Mistake Lawyers Make on Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims

Barry P. Goldberg, has studied and re-studied the statutes, case law and treatises concerning Uninsured and Underinsured motorist. In addition, Mr. Goldberg has authored some ofthe most popular articles on Uninsured ("UM")...more

Ontario Government’s Bill 171 Threatens Access to Justice for Personal Injury Plaintiffs

In March of this year, the Ontario Minister of Finance Charles Sousa introduced Bill 171: Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates Act, 2014. The Bill proposes concerning changes to the process that an injured...more

Simser v. Aviva.

The Appeal decision in Simser v. Aviva (Appeal P13-00004) was recently released by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) on January 9, 2014. The appeal concerned clause 3(7)(e) of the Statutory Accident...more

Simser v. Aviva.

The Appeal decision in Simser v. Aviva (Appeal P13-00004) was recently released by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) on January 9, 2014. The appeal concerned clause 3(7)(e) of the Statutory Accident...more

Arbitration Decision Provides Guidance for Application of Minor Injury Guideline

In 2010, the Minor Injury Guideline (“MIG”) was added to Ontario’s Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule. Section 3(1) of the Schedule defines a “minor injury” as “one or more of a sprain, strain, whiplash associated...more

Compelling Evidence, Burden of Proof, and the Minor Injury Guideline: Belair and Scarlett (Appeal)

The long-awaited appeal decision in Belair Insurance Company Inc. and Scarlett was recently released. - Mr. Scarlett was injured in an accident on September 18, 2010 in which he suffered sprains and strains. He also...more

Class Action Quarterly - Winter 2013, Volume 2, Issue 1

In This Issue: - Is the Ascertainability “Requirement” Plaintiffs’ New Foe? - Whirlpool and Butler: Liability-Only Classes in a Post-Comcast World - Recent Cases of Note - Excerpt from Is the Ascertainability...more

Augustin v. Unifund – Definition of “medical reason” for the purposes of the Minor Injury Guideline

In the recent Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) decision Augustin v. Unifund (FSCO A12-000452, November 13, 2013), Arbitrator Sapin discusses what is considered a “medical reason” sufficient enough for an...more

Section 128.7 Sanctions Not Available Following Arbitration

When a client has obtained a defense verdict, judgment or arbitration award, they will frequently ask what recourse they have to recover attorney’s fees and costs obtained in defending against the claims. In California,...more

Keys to a Successful Personal Injury Mediation

Mediating personal injury disputes is an art, not a science. At the core of a personal injury claim is an injured – or deceased – party, with loved ones and family members who are intimately involved in the case. All of these...more

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