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Ontario Bar Association bestows its Award for Excellence in Insurance Law

April 21, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

The Ontario Bar Association will award James Simmons and Paul Lee with its 2011 OBA Award for Excellence in Insurance Law.Toronto-based Lee is the founder of Paul Lee & Associates, a boutique civil litigation firm. He was called to the

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Medical exams to determine catastrophic injuries are not “a mere repeat” of previous exams for IRBs: Ontario arbitrator

April 20, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

In-person medical examinations to determine catastrophic impairment are not the same as in-person medical assessments to determine entitlements to income replacement benefits (IRBs), an Ontario arbitrator has found.The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) made the ruling in Meghan Innes

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LawPro announces three new appointments

April 20, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Simon Bernstein has joined the underwriting and customer service department of LawPro as assistant vice president of underwriting. Bernstein brings extensive experience as a practising lawyer and in the insurance sector, including risk assessment, loss control and claims management. Gerry

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Toronto drivers increasingly charged for driving without insurance: CTV report

April 19, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Toronto drivers are increasingly being charged for driving without insurance, according to Toronto Police Services statistics cited in a CTV report.According to CTV, the number of Toronto drivers charged annually for operating a motor vehicle without insurance is as follows:•2009:

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Saskatchewan, Manitoba look into ceasing no fault accident benefits for thieves injured while driving stolen vehicles

April 18, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on Saskatchewan’s government to follow the stated intentions of the Manitoba government to stop paying no fault accident benefits to car thieves injured while driving stolen vehicles.In a press release on Apr. 15,

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FSCO’s expert panel says ‘no’ to combining physical and psychological in catastrophic impairment designations

April 15, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Physical and psychological impairments should not be combined for the purpose of catastrophic determination, according to an expert panel appointed by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) to draft a new definition of catastrophic impairment.The FSCO panel released its

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Adjuster’s alleged comment about “no need to sue” for payment of a vehicle loss at issue in limitations case

April 12, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

An adjuster’s alleged comment leading an insured to believe there was “no need to sue” an insurer for payment of a vehicle loss may be a legitimate defence against an expired limitation period, and is thus a genuine issue for

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Ontario health practitioners racing to the SABS $3,500 finish line: adjuster

April 11, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Multiple submissions for medical and rehabilitation assessments and treatment under the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) are creating difficulty for adjusters in determining which submission gets priority in payment, said Laurie Walker, McLarens Canada’s director of Ontario auto accident benefits.The

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Brokers cannot rely solely on mandatory mailings related to Ontario auto reforms: lawyer

April 11, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Brokers relying solely on the mandatory mailings explaining the new optional benefits scheme in Ontario’s auto insurance regime may find themselves liable, cautioned Stephen R. Moore of Blaney McMurtry LLP.Moore spoke during the Canadian Defence Lawyers Accident Benefits Conference in

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Ontario insurance regulator to review compliance with auto reforms, suitability of product recommendations

April 11, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Ontario’s insurance regulator, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO), is planning to conduct a number of market conduct reviews in 2011 – one to assess compliance with the province’s auto insurance reforms, and another one concerning the suitability of

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Ontario court allows proposed vote of mutual policyholders to replace The Economical’s board to proceed at the company’s AGM

April 7, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has ordered the Economical Mutual Insurance Company to proceed with a vote of its mutual policyholders on proposals to remove and replace the insurer’s board of directors at its upcoming annual general meeting. Toronto

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Expert panel seeks comment on its definition of catastrophic impairment

April 4, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

The Catastrophic Impairment Expert Panel is seeking comments on its final report on the definition of “catastrophic impairment” under Ontario’s Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS).The report will be posted on the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO)’s Web site for