Mississauga, Ontario — January 28, 2015 — A GTA-based personal injury lawyer is challenging the province’s new auto insurance act.
The Brampton Guardian reports that Joseph Campisi formally took Bill 15, the Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates Act, 2014 to the Superior Court of Justice on January 21.
“We have challenged the constitutional validity of the Bill 15 amendments to the Insurance Act because it violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Constitution Act, 1867,” Campisi told the Guardian, adding that a response from the Attorney General of Ontario is expected.
Campisi says the challenge aims to restore the rights of injured victims of vehicle collisions and accidents, allowing them to directly sue auto insurance companies. Bill 15 amendments require application for arbitration through the License Appeal Tribunal.
Campisi’s grievances add to those of hundreds of tow truck drivers and operators who have actively protested the bill since it was passed by the Ontario legislature on November 20, 2014.
Towers say Bill 15, which the government states was designed to protect consumers, will negatively impact the towing industry — resulting in price hikes and workday restrictions. An estimated 1,500 drivers surrounded Toronto’s Queen’s Park and around 100 gathered at Brampton City Hall to voice these concerns in December 2014.