A woman fighting a marathon car insurance battle and a lawyer for a big insurance company engaged in a courtroom tussle this week over the definition of the words stubborn and fighter.
"Are you a stubborn person?" Geoff Machum asked May Ocean who was undergoing cross-examination in the second week of her lawsuit against Economical Mutual Insurance.
"I am stubborn in a positive sense," Ocean replied suggesting that meaning might apply "when a friend uses the term, not when you do." She went on to say that for her, "stubborn equals assertive."
Next, Machum asked if Ocean were a "fighter."
"Yes," she answered. "I would even say I'm a bitch sometimes. Again, it depends who's using the term."
The testy exchange in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court showed Ocean's hostility to an insurance company she feels betrayed and threatened her after she was involved in a collision with a car driven by a 22-year-old uninsured driver near her home in Whites Lake on December 13, 2000. (See, May Ocean vs. Goliath, Coast, November 12, 2009.)