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Auto insurance rancour heats up

Yamri Taddese - Monday, April 20, 2015

The rancour among personal injury lawyers and the insurance industry continues to heat up with both sides trading accusations over who’s responsible for high insurance premiums in Ontario.
Earlier this month, a study commissioned by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association suggested Ontarians had overpaid for auto insurance by about $3.1 billion between 2001 and 2013. The Insurance Bureau of Canada, meanwhile, accused lawyers of being behind the high costs, arguing they received $500 million from injury claimants out of their insurance settlements in 2013.

“If the lobbyists and well-heeled lawyers want to know who is driving up insurance costs, they n...

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Inside Story

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Ontario Court of Appeal has stayed an order to pay the former clients of the late lawyer Javad Heydary from his LawPRO insurance pending an appeal by his former colleagues.

The former clients, Samira and Hasan Abuzour, lost $3.6 million after Heydary, who was to hold the funds in trust for them, disappeared amid an investigation into the missing money before being declared dead.

Last year, Superior Court Justice Michael Penny awarded the Abuzours the amount remaining in Heydary’s $1-million coverage under LawPRO’s innocent party insurance.

But Heydary’s former colleagues — Jeff Landmann, Yan Wang, and Darren Smith — brought a motion to vary that order on the basis that they hadn’t received enough notice on an issue that interests them as non-parties. The lawyers claimed the LawPRO policy applied to them as well as Heydary and the garnishment of the insurance, with a limit of $1 million, would leave them without coverage should...

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Law Times poll

Who's right in the continuing battle between personal injury lawyers and the insurance industry over who's responsible for high auto insurance costs?
Personal injury lawyers. The insurance industry makes plenty of money.
The insurance industry. Lawyers push up costs through generous contingency fees.
Neither. Both groups are in it for themselves.