Thursday, February 18, 2016

Top court blocks ICBC efforts to kill website

The Insurance Corp. of B.C. has lost its long-running effort to shut down a website that taught people how to deal with the public insurance company. ICBC had argued violated its trademark and had fought the case to the Supreme Court of Canada despite losing before the B.C. Supreme Court and B.C. Court of Appeal.

The Supreme Court of Canada ruling was released Thursday.
The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia is a provincial Crown corporation established in 1973 to provide universal auto insurance to B.C. motorists. It collects insurance premiums from more than 2.6 million motorists. It's also responsible for driver licensing, and vehicle licensing and registration.

All motorists in B.C. are required to buy a basic package of ICBC Autoplan insurance that provides coverage for third party liability protection, accident benefits, underinsured motorist protection, hit-and-run and uninsured motorists protection and inverse liability.
So yes indeed this is a government monopoly, and like every other monopoly it must find a way to protect itself from competition, or, in this case, people becoming too smart.

This is the fundamental equation here. The costs of taking a matter all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada, particularly after losing twice in British Columbia Supreme Court already are surely astronomical. Those costs are eaten by the dopes buying their mandated insurance. Is this money well spent?
HELL bloody no. It's money pissed away, directly into lawyers pockets. There is NADA redeeming issue whatsoever. It is one example, of zillions, where a monopoly ultimately and inexorably fails.