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Why this drunk driver couldn’t be sued by victims of a hit-and-run

February 5, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A Saskatchewan motorist who pleaded guilty to impaired driving cannot be sued in the province by victims of a hit-and-run accident that happened in Saskatoon a few hours before the inebriated motorist was pulled over and arrested by police. This

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How much Chubb predicts COVID could cost the industry

February 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

COVID-19 could ultimately cost the global property and casualty insurance industry somewhere in the neighbourhood of US$75 billion in claims, Chubb Limited CEO Evan Greenberg suggested Wednesday. Zurich, Switzerland-based Chubb released its financial results for 2020 on Tuesday. During a

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Where Canada sits with high-risk flood insurance pool

February 3, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Industry experts are trying to calculate how much it would cost to set up an insurance pool for homes at high risk of overland flood, an Insurance Bureau of Canada official suggests. Canada’s Task Force on Flood Insurance and Relocation

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Get ready for a ‘multi-year correction’ upwards in commercial insurance pricing

February 2, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Despite consecutive quarters of double-digit increases in specialty lines, commercial insurers are likely to continue raising your clients’ premiums even further in the coming years, a Bermuda insurance CEO warns. “While the pricing momentum we are seeing in both insurance

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COVID’s impact on aviation insurance could be worse than you think

February 1, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The drop in international air travel is not causing a corresponding decline in aviation insurance claims costs, a Calgary-based commercial specialty expert warns. Meanwhile, airlines will not see sales return to pre-pandemic levels even after most Canadians get their COVID

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Kidnap and ransom coverage: What you should tell your clients

January 28, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Clients can buy insurance that would cover the financial risk of a kidnapping or hijacking, but brokers should be aware of several things. “In the event of a kidnapping, the onus is on the client to finance the ransom payment

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Risk management lessons from the governor general’s resignation

January 26, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

If a commercial client has any inklings of a toxic workplace, an independent investigation is one way of managing reputational and liability risk, an expert says. The resignations last week of Governor General Julie Payette and her secretary may have

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Six reasons why commercial prices will probably continue rising

January 25, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Don’t expect a soft market for your commercial clients any time soon, executives with The Travelers Companies Inc. warn. Rates on renewal for business insurance were up 8.4% while rates in bond and specialty insurance increased by 12%, Travelers said

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This new type of class-action tort grew from genetically modified corn seed

January 22, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A proposed class-action lawsuit based on the novel tort of “premature commercialization” is going ahead in Ontario. The Supreme Court of Canada announced Dec. 10 it will not hear an appeal from Syngenta Canada Inc., which is facing a proposed

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How British Supreme Court COVID business interruption ruling could be imported into Canada

January 22, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A landmark British court ruling against insurers over business interruption coverage could be good news for restaurants or retailers who had to severely limit their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom ruled largely in

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Why this small claims tribunal changed an auto insurer’s liability finding

January 21, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia driver who was found 50% at fault for a collision by the province’s monopoly auto insurer has partly won a small claim against the other driver. Hartmut Wolfram and Yunsun Kim collided with one another in Burnaby

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This kind of homeowner’s liability claim has real teeth

January 21, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

When a dog bites man, the wounds could be deep and wide for homeowners. “Pet bites top the list for home insurance liability claims,” reports Dorchester Insurance Brokers Ltd., based near London in the community of Dorchester, Ont. “Dog bites