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Keri Grenier Discusses Her Experience as a Past TLABC Female President with The Verdict Magazine

August 9, 2018

Keri Grenier was recently interviewed by The Verdict Magazine in their 157 summer edition. The Verdict Magazine is a quarterly publication of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia (TLABC), that has been bringing top-quality news and information to the legal profession since 1980.

In this article Keri, alongside other other past female presidents of the TLABC, Noreen Collins (1999-2000), Krista Simon (2015), and Rose Keith (2007), discusses the importance of serving as a TLABC president and their impact in their terms.

Keri also discusses what she found challenging in her role as TLABC president, and how she was inspired leading up to and during her term. To read the full interview, please click here.

Scott Stanley quoted in Lawyers Daily article on impending changes to BC’s automobile insurance.

August 3, 2018

Scott Stanley

The proposed cap on minor injury claims in BC continues to garner criticism from groups, including the Trial Lawyers Association of BC, who are concerned that the legislative changes favour the financial interests of ICBC over protecting innocent injury victims.

Additional issues of concern are the standard of review for Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) decisions regarding interpreting whether an injury is minor or not, and the government’s decision to include some psychiatric or psychological concerns under the rubric of “minor injury.” The TLABC is urging the government to consider a number of changes including narrowing the definition of minor injury, allowing recovery of out-of-pocket-expenses and increased judicial review of CRT decisions.

Scott Stanley pointed out the importance of having groups that focus on helping injured people recover provide their insights so that the public is made fully aware of how their rights will be affected should they need to use BC’s automobile insurance system. Scott also noted the impact of distracted driving on the volume of accidents and claims. His view is that the solution is to increase the focus on enforcement and education (much like the initiatives implemented to encourage the use of seat belts and address driving while intoxicated) to reduce the number of accidents and corresponding claims.

Read the full article*.

*This article was originally published by The Lawyer’s Daily (www.thelawyersdaily.ca), part of LexisNexis Canada Inc.

Woman burned in backyard fire pit explosion awarded $1.1M

July 3, 2018

Paul Bosco and Scott Stanley acted for a BC woman burned by flames from a fire pit who has been awarded $1.1 million in damages after she sued the hosts for negligence.


CBC coverage of the case.

French edition of the CBC story.

Bill Dick discusses social host liability with CBC in wake of costly West Vancouver house party

March 15, 2018

A West Vancouver incident where a teenage girl rented a home using her parents credit card and threw a party causing $20,000 worth of damage, serves as a warning to think about protecting yourself against liability for bodily injuries to guests, particularly in the age of the new shared economy and the rise of services like AirBnB and VRBO. As Bill Dick noted in the CBC article by Jason Proctor, in some cases the nature of the rental arrangement may void or exceed your insurance coverage and it’s not uncommon for claims for serious bodily injury to exceed the typical $1 million policy limits. Bill recommends that if you are going to rent out your property, at a minimum you should be thinking about your potential exposure in an unforeseen or worst-case scenario.

The other area where this kind of liaiblity arises in the social host context (think teen grad parties), where the combination of alcohol and teenagers raises the risk of occupier’s liability for any alcohol-related injuries that occur as the result of the conditions of the property or even the activities of other guests. You can find out more about what you need to know before hosting that grad party here.