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Superior Court decision calls into question whether LAT decisions are impartial or independent

Shuttleworth v LAT 2018 ONSC 3790

[67]  There is no formal and voluntary process, despite the statutory accountability process that calls for one. As the decision in this case was subjected to a peer review process that did not contain the required safeguards of adjudicative independence, decision of the adjudicator is set aside and referred back to the LAT for a new hearing.

16-000013 v Peel Mutual Insurance Company, 2017 CanLII 33649 (ON LAT) http://canlii.ca/t/h437f 

Report: Ont. drivers might have overpaid $5B on insurance over five years

Ontario insurance companies are potentially making billions in pre-tax income off motorists who are generally overpaying for coverage, according to a report commissioned by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. 

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/ report-ont-drivers-might-have- overpaid-5b-on-insurance-over- five-years-1.3910201

Bad doctors who cross the border can hide their dirty secrets. We dug them up

“You can find out more about the safety record of a kitchen appliance than you can find out about your physicians,” said Robert Oshel, former associate director for research and disputes at the National Practitioner Data Bank, an American clearing house containing information on malpractice payments and disciplinary actions that is not available to the public. “It’s a real problem.” 

http://projects.thestar.com/ doctor-discipline/

http://www.cpso.on.ca/DoctorDe tails/Stefan-Joseph-Konasiewic z/0047021-60999

Patient complaints against Ontario doctors take too long to resolve and cost too much: government report

Canada’s largest medical regulator is taking too long to resolve its thousands of discipline cases, according to an inquiry commissioned by the Ontario government, with even unfounded patient complaints against doctors lingering for months.

http://nationalpost.com/news/ politics/patient-complaints- against-ontario-doctors-take- too-long-to-resolve-and-cost- too-much-government-report

 

More complaints against doctors should be dismissed, report on physician watchdog says

Ontario’s physician watchdog should dismiss more public complaints, given that more than 80 per cent require little or no action be taken, according to a new report.

https://www.thestar.com/news/ gta/2018/04/30/more- complaints-against-doctors- should-be-dismissed-physician- watchdog-says.html

 

Van attack victims have wider range of recourse options: insurance lawyers

TORONTO — Lawyers say the victims of a deadly van attack in northern Toronto have a wide range of options for recourse to deal with the fallout because it involved a motor vehicle. http://business.financialpost. com/pmn/business-pmn/van- attack-victims-have-wider- range-of-recourse-options- insurance-lawyers

 

Traffic Fatalities Rose in 2017

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have released their annual traffic report with data from 2017. The report tragically found that traffic fatalities rose from 2016 in almost all categories, with the largest number of deaths occurring in incidents where a driver was inattentive or speeding. https://www.findlaylaw.ca/ blog/traffic-fatalities-rose- in-2017

 

‘ICBC dumpster fire’ draws heat from CBA, trial lawyers of B.C.

British Columbia Attorney General David Eby’s proposal last week to amend two provincial statutes in a bid to douse the Insurance Corporation of B.C.’s financial “dumpster fire” has drawn heat from the Canadian Bar Association B.C. Branch and the Trial Lawyers Association of B.C.   http://www.canadianlawyermag. com/legalfeeds/icbc-dumpster- fire-draws-heat-from-cba- trial-lawyers-of-bc-15669/

 

‘Countless’ accident benefits claims will arise from Toronto van attack

Accident benefits claims arising from the April 23 tragedy in north Toronto could cost insurers millions of dollars, an insurance lawyer suggested Thursday.

https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/claims/countless-accident-benefits-claims-will-arise-toronto-van-attack-1004130964/

Assessments mess

In March 2017, an Ontario Divisional Court ruling had sharp words for the province’s Ministry of the Attorney General over issues with its assessments office. A year later, another case has surfaced critiquing the assessments office and suggesting a review is needed about the way the process is done.  In the most recent ruling — released this month — Ontario Superior Court Justice Patrick Monahan said the government should conduct a review of the process for assessing lawyers’ accounts because of delays that are undermining public confidence in the administration of justice.

http://www.lawtimesnews.com/author/gabrielle-giroday/assessments-mess-15586/