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Ocean vs. Economical: Judge says trial sets legal record


Ocean vehicle
  • Ocean vehicle
Sullivan vehicle
  • Sullivan vehicle

Deborah K. Smith, associate chief justice of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court peered down sternly from the bench in courtroom 301 and declared: “In my entire legal career, I have never seen a re-direct that has taken longer than cross-examination.”

The judge made her declaration on Day 16 of a marathon civil lawsuit in which artist and pewter designer May Ocean is suing Economical Mutual, one of Canada’s largest auto insurance companies. The lawsuit arises from a crash nearly 10 years ago on the Prospect Bay Road in which Ocean’s brand-new Volkswagen Golf collided with a 1988 Honda Civic driven by Raymond Patrick Sullivan, a 22-year-old uninsured driver. (For original story see, May Ocean vs. Goliath, November 12, 2009.)

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