Near-billion-dollar lawsuit claims ICBC illegally paid victims’ accident benefits to province

B.C.’s public insurer and the provincial government are facing a potential class action lawsuit that could see nearly $1 billion returned to ratepayers and accident victims.

Vancouver lawyer Scott Stanley is leading the case, which argues that ICBC has been illegally reimbursing the province for medical fees that should already be covered under the Medical Services Plan (MSP).

The suit alleges that these transfers, which total tens of millions of dollars annually, ended up coming out of the pockets of accident victims and anyone who bought ICBC’s mandatory basic insurance.

“Say someone’s injured in a car accident and they go see their doctor. The law, which the government themselves made, makes it quite clear that those costs should be borne by MSP and not ICBC,” Stanley told CKNW.

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