Expert or advocate? Where the courts draw the line

  • February 28, 2018
  • Rabjeet Wallia

Expert testimony can provide invaluable assistance to a case. By its very nature, it provides the trier of fact with insight that it would not otherwise have and can make your case. However, an expert who crosses the line into advocacy can ultimately do more harm than good. Two recent decisions provide lawyers, insurance adjusters and the public with an idea of how the court will respond to experts who become advocates for one party or the other.

Insurance Law

Case summary: Credibility in personal injury claims

  • November 22, 2017
  • Ashley Christie, Navreet Bal and Tory Hibbitt

The court’s decision in Petz v Duguay highlights the importance of establishing a plaintiff’s credibility in personal injury matters, as subjective testing and self-reporting underlying an expert’s opinion cannot be relied upon, unless the credibility of the plaintiff is first established.

Insurance Law

Case Comment of 158444 Ontario Ltd. v State Farm Fire and Casualty Company

  • March 30, 2017
  • Shane Katz

In 1588444 Ontario Ltd. v State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, 2017 ONCA 42, the Ontario Court of Appeal, specifically Justices Laskin, Feldman and Hourigan, were asked to overturn the Order of Justice H.K. O’Connell, dated October 16, 2015, dismissing State Farm’s motion for leave to amend its Statement of Defence.

Insurance Law

Options for defence counsel when dealing with the vexatious litigant

  • March 30, 2017
  • Christopher Martyr

I wrote this article with the hope of providing a road map for counsel who practise in and outside of the province of Ontario and are looking for a quick summary on how to deal with claims that they consider frivolous and vexatious and an abuse of process.

Insurance Law

Police access to accused statements to the insurer

  • July 14, 2016
  • Brian A. Vail, Q.C.

Across Canada, drivers who get into accidents for which they may be liable for injury, death or damage look to their insurers to defend them for such civil claims. Auto policies require them to cooperate with the insurer, which almost always involves providing a statement about the accident. In a recent fatality case, police attempted to access the accused’s statement to his insurance adjuster and use it against him in a prosecution.

Criminal Justice, Insurance Law