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AMF reviews reported bankruptcy of a firm offering replacement guarantees that were not covered by an insurer

August 16, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

The Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) is reviewing a notification it received that the Courtier en service automobile (CSA), a firm offering replacement guarantees, filed for bankruptcy on Aug. 4, 2011. “The bankruptcy stems from claims filed by clients over

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Insurers must move quickly to get second opinion when surveillance video contradicts opinion of retained health professional: arbitrator

August 11, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

An Ontario arbitrator has ordered a $6,000 special award against an insurer because the insurer relied too heavily on surveillance video in support of its monthly attendant care payments of more than $2,000, instead of relying on the advice of

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Ironshore Inc. announces launch of commercial crime unit

August 11, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Ironshore Inc.’s Lloyd’s Pembroke Syndicate 4000 has launched a commercial crime unit as an expansion of its financial lines operations. Sarah Markham has been named director of the new unit, reporting to Christopher D. Brown, director and deputy underwriter of

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Counsel involved in professional indemnity for lawyers named to Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society

August 11, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Daniel M. Campbell of Cox & Palmer has become president of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.Campbell has played an active role in both the Lawyers’ Insurance Association of Nova Scotia and the Canadian Lawyers’ Insurance Association, which provide professional liability

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FSCO charges Ontario Disability Management Inc. with auto insurance fraud

August 10, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Ontario’s auto insurance regulator, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO), has charged Ontario Disability Management Inc. and Aksana Miakouchkina (also known as Roxanne Mitch) with knowingly making false or misleading statements to an auto insurer to obtain payment for

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Court rejects defendants’ concerns that plaintiff with brain injury might tailor accident recollection if defendants examined first

August 8, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

An Ontario Superior Court Justice has rejected a request to change the order of examinations for discovery after the insured defendants expressed concern the brain-injured plaintiff might augment his recollections of an accident after hearing the defendants examined first.In Ezeh

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The Economical calls for P&C demutualization regulations to be similar to rules for life insurers – with some exceptions

August 5, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

The Economical Mutual Insurance Company has proposed to the federal government that Canadian property and casualty insurers should follow essentially the same demutualization process as reflected in the rules for life insurance mutuals.However, in a submission to the federal government,

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FSCO revises arbitration forms to require email addresses, issues new rules for use of electronic calendar system

August 3, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

The Dispute Resolution Services (DRS) section of the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) has issued a new bulletin amending arbitration forms and outlining new rules for the use of an electronic calendar system for use in arbitrations.The DRS eCalendar

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Ontario establishes Auto Insurance Anti-Fraud Task Force

August 2, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Ontario’s newly created Auto Insurance Anti-Fraud Task Force will be examining the scope of auto insurance fraud in Ontario and is expected to make final recommendations to the government in Fall 2012.The recommendations will address prevention, detection, investigation, enforcement and

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Working With the New ‘Big Brother’

August 1, 2011 J.M. Reynolds, Social Media Consultant

Recent events have highlighted the issue of employment consequences for personal actions undertaken outside the realm of employment, as exposed by the omnipresent social media.

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Ties That Bind, Tweets That Defame

August 1, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Defamation liability risk has increased exponentially in this brave new world of social media.

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Sunshine Auto Coverage

August 1, 2011 Michael L. Forte, Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A. (Tampa, Florida)

If your insured is involved in an auto accident in Florida, and your policy contains an exclusion expressly forbidden by Florida law, is the exclusion void?