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No wonder our auto insurance premiums are so high!
Is it this type of questionable medical evidence behind the 58,105 people on the court docket http://goo.gl/Shn8kM waiting for hearings? What are all these hearings costing the taxpayers on top of what we are all paying for legal representation? Pretty expensive to keep Ontario’s insurers in business isn’t it?
This story has been playing out for a few years now – see the links below.
Platnick v. Bent, 2018 ONCA 687 DATE: 20180830 DOCKET: C63103 http://www.ontariocourts.ca/decisions/2018/2018ONCA0687.htm
 The appellant sued the respondents for libel, claiming damages of more than $15 million. The respondents defended the claim, advancing several defences, including justification and qualified privilege.
 The respondents successfully moved for a dismissal of the action under s. 137.1 of the Court of Justice Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.43 (“CJA”). The motion judge awarded the respondent, Maia Bent, her costs on a full indemnity basis, fixed at $282,943.42. He awarded the respondent, Lerners LLP, its costs on a partial indemnity basis, fixed at $30,000.
 The appellant appeals from the dismissal of the action. If that appeal is dismissed, the appellant seeks leave to appeal from the costs order.
 For the reasons that follow, I would hold that although the motion judge correctly determined that the expression in issue related to a matter of public interest, he erred in concluding that the appellant had failed to meet his onus under ss. 137.1(4)(a) and (b). I would hold that on a proper application of those provisions to the motion record, the appellant met that onus. I would further hold that s. 137.1 does not infringe s. 7 or s. 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
 I would allow the appeal, set aside the dismissal of the action, and remit the matter to the trial court. Given my disposition of the main appeal, it is unnecessary to consider the application for leave to appeal the costs order.
 The appellant, Howard Platnick (“Dr. Platnick”), is a medical doctor. He spends much of his professional time preparing and reviewing medical assessments done in the context of disputes between insurers and persons injured in motor vehicle accidents. Dr. Platnick works mostly, but not exclusively, for insurers.
 The respondent, Maia Bent (“Ms. Bent”), is a lawyer and partner with the respondent law firm, Lerners LLP (“Lerners”). She acts for individuals who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents and are seeking compensation from insurers. At the relevant time, Ms. Bent was also the president-elect of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (“OTLA”), an organization of lawyers, law clerks, and law students who represent persons injured in motor vehicle accidents and who are involved in the automobile insurance dispute resolution process.
Background from the FAIR website re Platnick v Bent:
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