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$850,000 Settlement For Vehicle Accident Enforced; Counsel Didn’t Act With Due Diligence

 Monday, June 17, 2019

 Canadian Underwriter

Adjusters handling auto liability claims shouldn’t be too quick to settle and take what the plaintiff’s lawyer is saying with a grain of salt. These are among the takeaways from Thursday’s Supreme Court of Canada decision in Fleury v. Paulus.

Bassman Paulus was rear-ended Nov. 20, 2008 by a vehicle driven by Michael Fleury, whose auto liability insurer was Gore. Paulus was stopped at an intersection for a yellow light.

Though it was Fleury who drove into Paulus, Fleury argued that Paulus pulled out from the left-hand turning lane into his path, cutting him off.