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Election day

Give them the boot

To start, we apologize for the lack of posts in the last week. We've all been on the road (we defend cases in all parts of British Columbia) and then I fell and hurt myself badly Sunday evening and spent most of the the night in the hospital. In any event, we're back. And I'm bruised with many stitches. And today is election day. We encourage the readers of our blog to ensure that you vote. The IRP scheme is a BCLiberal invention. It's a stupid mistake that continues to cost many innocent people great suffering, financial loss and embarrassment. It...

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Government attempts to fracture the IRP class action suits

Government is trying to fracture the IRP class action

One thing we've learned in the last few years in our battle with this BCLiberal Government over the IRP scheme is that you can't trust this Government to do the right thing. In fact, you can't trust this Government. It's not that every utterance of this Government is a lie. Certainly that's not the case. But everything is political, and this Government is more concerned about protecting itself and maintaining power than things like justice or fairness. In the last few weeks we've seen a great deal of evidence that the Government planning far down the road and doing everything it can...

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Joining the interlock and RDP class action

Joining the interlock class-action claim

The Notice of Claim has been filed and served, so now is the time to take the first step and get your name in to become part of the interlock and RDP class action claim. We have created a web page for each individual to provide us with information that we will need to begin the process of joining the class action claim. The first step to begin the process of joining the claim is to click on the page and complete the form to send us your information: Interlock and RDP class action claim (Click here to get started) There are a...

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The interlock class action is on

Signing the interlock class action suit.

The paperwork has been filed and we can confirm that the interlock class action is on. If you follow our blog you know that we forced the Government to concede that they didn't have the authority to simply make an internal blanket  policy to force everyone who got an IRP or ADP to go through the so-called remedial programs, i.e. pay for and get an interlock (IIP) and pay for and take the Responsible Driver Program (RDP). They were acting beyond their authority and it hurt a lot of people. It turns out that they were doing this as far back...

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Working hard and doing a good job

Lawyers working hard

The fax machines at our offices in Vancouver and Richmond were working overtime Tuesday as we started receiving a great number of review decisions from the OSMV lifting the interlock requirement for our clients. We've been working hard to call everyone when the review decisions come in. These are long days for us. It's a great pleasure to telephone our clients when the decision comes. Many people have been without a driver's license for what seems like an eternity. Most people tell us that having the interlock requirement removed is the most liberating feeling they've ever experienced. The dark clouds lift...

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Foreshadowing the future of the IRP scheme

It's startling when you read back though our blog posts over the last few years how well we predicted certain developments in the story of the Immediate Roadside Prohibition scheme. We're not patting ourselves on the back here -- we're lucky in that we happen to be in the right position to have been able to predict the next steps of the Government on many occasions. On the other hand, many times our correct foreshadowing the future of the IRP scheme arises because we are driving the narrative with our challenges to the law. Our ability to predict the future came...

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If you still have an interlock

If you still have an interlock

We're working hard to put everything together for the class action. The BC Government wrongly referred a great number of people to complete so-called remedial programs, i.e. get an interlock and go through the RDP. We believe that the Government's wrong and the damage it caused can be remedied by way of a class-action lawsuit. Still, there are many hurdles. And the Government will do everything it can to try and defeat the case. We are trying to think down the road to arguments that the Government will advance. The main argument that we have already decoded is that they intend...

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Interlock class action

Interlock class action

We can confirm that we intend to proceed with an interlock class action lawsuit. For over a year we have been collecting the evidence and doing the legal work necessary to begin an action against the BC Government for people who were wrongly forced to have an interlock and go through the Responsible Driver Program. The Government has acknowledged that they were not following the law. There was no review process and the two programs, IIP and RDP, were made mandatory. We intend to begin three separate lawsuits to deal with the three groups or classes of plaintiffs. We have a...

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It’s official: we can have the interlock requirement lifted

Have the interlock requirement lifted

This is the day you've waited for. It's official - there is now a procedure to dispute the interlock requirement for 90-day IRP and ADP driving prohibitions. Over the years we fielded so many calls from people asking whether they can have the interlock requirement lifted. The Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles said it was mandatory, they made it automatic and they created no review process. But that's not what the law says. For years the OSMV made their own rules with respect to the Interlock and RDP. We challenged this and now they've made an about face. Late...

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We win (Updated)

We win

The government announced that they are giving up. They will no longer force everyone to go through the IIP and RDP if they receive a 90-day IRP. They will review old cases with a new review process. They won't force people to pay all of that money if it's not justified. We win. We're gleeful. So much so that we haven't had time to think of the implications. We designed a review process for our clients and the OSMV seems to have adopted the process that we've thrust upon them for the last few months. We have to give credit to the...

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