VANCOUVER – A major insurance company reacts after a court in British Columbia forces them to sign a policy covering a diamond and gold encrusted eagle statue stolen from the Greater Toronto Area. Vancouver more than two years ago.

BC The Supreme Court rendered a default judgment against Lloyd's Underwriters last month, ordering it to pay the plaintiff, Forgotten Treasures International Inc., and its president, Ron Shore, damages for the loss of expensive statue.

However, court documents show that Lloyd's intends to return to court in February to request the cancellation of the default judgment, arguing that Shore had breached the terms of the insurer.

The court handed down the verdict after Lloyd's did not officially respond to Shore's civil complaint, but Lloyd's indicates in documents filed last month that his lawyer was well aware that the insurer wanted more details before filing his claim. response notice.

Lloyd's indicates in the documents that his attorneys also urged Shore's attorney to confirm that the default procedure was not in progress, but the insurer said he was not aware of the judgment only four days after his pronouncement.

The insurer asserts that it "did not intentionally default" and charges a special fee, which indicates that "the conduct of a party's litigation is reprehensible".

The documents filed at Shore's trial last year show that the massive eight-kilogram gold eagle statue, dotted with 763 diamonds of a total weight of 56 carats, had been valued at 930 $ 450 in May 2016.

It is also clear from Ms. Merx's statement that she was not with Mr. Shore during the assault on her; she had rather left the scene and had not seen the robbery reported

It was then that the police in Delta, BC, announced that Shore had been attacked and stolen while he was carrying the statue and a similar silver statue to his car following a presentation on an international treasure hunt that he was organizing.

The jeweled statue and the silver version were hunting prizes, a fundraising event for cancer research, the statement said.

The treasure hunt consisted of finding 12 certificates hidden in places in North America and Europe, the first to have found the clue attributed to one of 12 silver eagles massif.

Five of the silver eagles, valued at $ 175,000, had already been rewarded when Shore was attacked, struck in the head and stripped of the statues he carried in a backpack, indicates his statement.

The golden eagle was to be sold at the end of the treasure hunt to fund the winner's $ 1 million prize, according to the Forgotten Treasure documents, and the jewelery bird's insurance policy was $ 400,000, while the loss of the silver statue was set at $ 53,750.

Documents filed in November by Lloyd's indicate that the liability limits set out in the policy for the items were $ 710,000 and $ 53,750 respectively.

Insurers officially declined coverage in October 2016, says Shore's civil complaint.

The insurance broker The Hub, who is also mentioned as a defendant in the lawsuit, alleges in his response that the eagle statues were transported in a manner that Shore "knew or ought to have known was in violation of the police ".

Lloyd's supports this allegation in a notice of claim seeking further information from Forgotten Treasures regarding its claim.

The policy contained conditions, one of which provided that coverage is excluded unless the insured items are under the personal care and control of the insured and a manager or representative of the insured. 39, insured at all times, specifies the request.

Shore's claim says he had a partner with him the night the statues disappeared, but Lloyd's disagrees, noting in his documents that Shore was accompanied by Tanya Merx, a practicing friend and psychologist, who was not trained in security.

"It is also apparent from Ms. Merx's statement that she was not with Mr. Shore during the alleged assault; instead, she had moved away from the scene and had not seen the robbery reported. As a result, two of the plaintiff's people did not accompany the insured items at any time, "says Lloyd's record.

Shore's application requests that the police have been validly established and "covers all losses during the policy period".

He also claims special, punitive and general damages, including $ 400,000 for the eagle covered with gold and diamonds and $ 53,750 for the silver statue.

A default judgment hearing is scheduled for February 26 in Vancouver.