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How social media can be a cyber attack vector

January 15, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Cyber criminals are increasingly targeting workers through applications such as LinkedIn, WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter, McAfee LLC warned in a report released Wednesday. Traditionally, cyber criminals have relied heavily on phishing as a way to target individual employees, McAfee chief

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When the appraisal umpire goes beyond the depreciation rate of both the claimant and the insurer

January 15, 2021 by David Gambrill

In a $1.2-million dispute arising from a property resort fire, an Ontario appraisal umpire did not exceed his authority when he used a much higher depreciation rate than both the claimant and the insurer did to calculate the value of

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Executive Outlook 2021: Paul Martin, KRGInsure/RRJ Insurance Group

January 14, 2021 by David Gambrill

Paul Martin, President, Chief Operating Officer, KRGInsure/RRJ Insurance Group Limited Employee engagement will be one the biggest challenges we face in 2021. Managing a remote workforce for a long period of time is a skill set many of us do

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Top 5 insurer expanding into Quebec commercial

January 13, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Quebec brokers can now place commercial coverage with Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company for policies starting Feb. 1. The Manitoba-based insurer announced Monday that it is offering commercial coverage in Quebec, making good on a promise made to the province’s brokers

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How ‘take-home COVID’ can impact employers’ liability

January 13, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

COVID-19 can cause a commercial general liability claim if a commercial client is sued by the family member of a worker who has caught the disease at work and then infected family members, insurance law experts suggest. “Take-home COVID” is

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A primer on business planning for the ‘new normal’ after COVID

January 8, 2021 by David Gambrill

As the arrival of vaccines in Canada promise to put an end to the pandemic, insurers and brokers now face the same task as their commercial clients: Creating a business plan for the ‘new normal,’ after the threat of COVID-19

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Britain’s regulator challenges ruling in favour of insurers over pandemic BI coverage

January 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The appearance of the word “event” in a “disease radius” clause in business interruption insurance contract could be instrumental in determining whether the client is covered during a pandemic. In a ruling released Sept. 15, the High Court of England

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Another win for wedding vendors in a COVID cancellation dispute

December 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia couple who cancelled their August 2020 wedding due to pandemic concerns is not entitled by a force majeure (an ‘Act of God’) clause to a refund of $4,000 they paid the would-be venue in advance. The province’s

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Why the D&O market will probably get harder

December 15, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Data breaches and the impact of COVID-19 on a company’s financial performance are among the “megatrends” affecting directors’ and officers’ liability claims, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty warned in a report released Dec. 15. “Outside the U.S., securities class actions

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Why an adjuster’s notes are out of bounds in this subrogation case

December 14, 2020 by David Gambrill

When The Co-operators quickly notified a third-party insurer, AIG Inc., upfront of its intention to pursue a subrogation claim against AIG’s client in an oil spill case, little did The Co-operators know the move would later backfire when it came

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The show must go on

December 11, 2020 Scott Carroll, Executive Vice President, Program Director, Take1 Insurance

The new COVID landscape means looking for alternative ways to mitigate claims risk at live events

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Undisputed Neutrality

December 9, 2020 Adam Malik, Managing Editor

In a world where insurers are amalgamating claims service offerings, third-party forensic engineers can bring to the table a neutral, unbiased perspective that is void of any potential for a conflict of interest, says Chris Giffin, chief executive officer of Haag Canada.