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Recommendation for lifetime care management for MVA victims ‘may be buried’ by Ontario government: insurance defence lawyer

April 28, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

The Ontario government announced Thursday it is “reviewing” 35 recommendations on auto insurance form made by the former head of the province’s government-run workers’ compensation insurance system, the same day an insurance defence lawyer warned that some of those recommendations

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Ontario brokers voice support for provincial commitment to electronic proof of insurance

April 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) has welcomed the provincial government’s budget pledge to give drivers the option of electronic proof of insurance, a move IBAO suggests will help make insurance more affordable for consumers. The advance is part

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Judge orders Volkswagen to pay $2.1B in Canadian class action suit over emissions scandal

April 27, 2017 Aleksandra Sagan - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Members of a Canadian class-action lawsuit against Volkswagen can submit claims for reimbursement starting on Friday after an Ontario court approved a $2.1-billion settlement plan. The 105,000 people who purchased or leased certain Volkswagen or Audi vehicles with

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Exclusion clause for ‘conversion’ in comprehensive auto policy ‘does not come close’ to being easily intelligible: Court

April 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

An exclusion in an auto insurance policy for loss or damage caused by “conversion,” by someone in lawful possession of a vehicle does not apply to a truck tractor badly damaged by fire, a Supreme Court of British Columbia judge

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Saskatchewan sees most tickets yet for distracted driving since traffic safety spotlights began in 2014: SGI

April 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The month of March saw the most tickets yet for distracted driving since monthly traffic safety spotlights began in 2014, Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) reported on Monday. Last month, a total of 523 tickets were issued: 441 for driving while

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Justices turn away GM appeal over ignition switches

April 24, 2017 The Associated Press

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday turned away an appeal from General Motors Co. seeking to block dozens of lawsuits over faulty ignition switches that could expose the company to billions of dollars in additional claims. The justices without

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Legislation allowing alcohol testing of drivers without prior suspicion tabled on Parliament Hill

April 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

If legislation tabled last week is passed into law, Canadian police officers would be able to test any legally-stopped driver for alcohol impairment and the Criminal Code of Canada would be amended to clarify that police drug recognition experts could

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Volkswagen to pay US$2.8 billion in U.S. diesel emission scandal

April 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

DETROIT – Volkswagen has been ordered to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty in the United States for cheating on diesel emissions tests. Federal Judge Sean Cox in Detroit followed the deal negotiated by VW and the U.S. Justice Department.

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Police are conducting ‘search’ when knocking on door to investigate allegations of drinking and driving: Court

April 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canada’s highest court announced Thursday it will not hear a crown appeal of an impaired driving acquittal, in which a Saskatchewan Provincial Court judge ruled that a police officer knocking on the apartment door of a registered vehicle owner constituted

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Dangerous air bags can find their way into used cars, experts say

April 19, 2017 Tom Krisher and Ken Ritter - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LAS VEGAS – A Nevada crash that nearly killed a young woman has exposed a hole in the government’s efforts to get dangerous Takata air bag inflators off the road: There’s nothing that prevents the devices from being taken from

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One in 10 polled Canadians admit to driving under the influence of marijuana, State Farm Canada survey finds

April 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

One in 10 respondents to a recent State Farm Canada survey admit that they have driven under the influence of marijuana (45% within the past 12 months), but nearly half this group said they don’t believe marijuana impacts their ability

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Lawyer warns pollution lawsuits in Alberta can proceed ‘well past the ultimate limitation period’

April 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A plaintiff could file a pollution lawsuit in Alberta “well past” the end of the limitation period, even if a hazardous substance was released more than 50 years ago, a lawyer warned in a recent blog post. Alberta’s Environmental Protection