Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association disappointed in appeal decision

    EDMONTON, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - The Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association
(ACTLA) today expressed disappointment in the Government of Alberta's decision
to appeal the case that struck down part of the government's automobile
insurance reforms. Instead, ACTLA had hoped to be able to work with the
government on a new fair solution.
    "All stakeholders, including victims of automobile collisions, should
have an opportunity to help reshape Alberta's auto insurance regulations,"
according to Arthur Wilson Q.C., ACTLA President.
    However, Wilson commented that his Association respects the right of the
Government, or any Albertan, to use the court system to its fullest extent in
resolving matters of law.
    "Our belief is that this prolonged and expensive appeal process should
still result in a new opportunity to provide Albertans with affordable,
sustainable and fair auto insurance," he added.
    He said ACTLA wants to work with the government to:
      -  keep policies fair to all stakeholders, including victims
      -  find verifiable and independent sources of information other than
         the insurance companies upon which to base decisions on insurance
         rates, and to
      -  promote traffic safety as a way of decreasing the amount of
         collisions and therefore insurance claims.

    ACTLA members sponsored the recently concluded challenge to the
government's Minor Injury Regulation. In his judgment Mr. Justice Neil
Wittmann found that the regulation unfairly discriminated against a specific
group of victims, contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

    ACTLA MISSION STATEMENT: To advocate for a strong civil justice system
that protects the rights of all Albertans.

For further information:

For further information: Arthur Wilson, Q.C., President, ACTLA, (780)
938-7521; Lyn Bromilow, Executive Director, ACTLA, 1-800-665-7248, Cell (780)

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