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How these proposed lawsuit rules could benefit insurers

December 4, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

If proposed rules affecting Ontario lawsuits are brought into place, insurers could be paying much less for plaintiffs’ expert witnesses, a lawyer suggests. Ontario has what it calls a “simplified procedure,” which is intended to make it simpler and cheaper

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Disputed claim from $1.2-billion ponzi scheme goes to trial in Ontario

December 3, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A $300 million professional liability insurance claim from a bank could be the subject of a court trial in Ontario. The Supreme Court of Canada announced last week it will not hear an appeal of Toronto-Dominion Bank, N.A. v. Lloyd’s

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B.C. brokerage fined $20,000 for flouting rules for entry-level brokers

November 29, 2018 by David Gambrill

Park Georgia Insurance Agencies, a full-service brokerage in B.C., has been fined $20,000 for allowing 36 of its Level 1 general insurance agents to sell insurance outside of the brokerage on a full-commission basis and without supervision, contrary to the

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Auto insurers’ bitter costs dispute draws rebuke from judge

November 29, 2018 by David Gambrill

A bitter cost dispute between two auto insurers over an abandoned court action has led to a rebuke from a judge, who ordered Wawanesa to pay Dominion its legal fees. In doing so, Ontario Superior Court Justice Darla A. Wilson

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Two charged in 2016 ransomware attack that hit University of Calgary

November 29, 2018 The Canadian Press

CALGARY – The FBI says it has charged two men in Iran as part of an investigation into cyberattacks that targeted the University of Calgary and computer networks in the United States. The university paid a ransom of $20,000 after

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Landlord sued over $16,000 water leak wins appeal

November 28, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A major water leak from a Surrey, British Columbia strata unit has spawned debate among judges over whether landlords are liable in such cases. Crystal Thomas was renting a condo unit in Surrey in the summer of 2015. A large

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Why this commercial line is unprofitable

November 27, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial brokers could see fewer carriers offering directors and officers (D&O) liability in the future. That’s because “market consolidation is something that you might see on the carrier side,” said Ian Fraser, assistant vice president of technology, cyber and professional

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700-million D&O lawsuit arises from failed Ottawa NHL arena deal

November 26, 2018 THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is suing his business partner for $700 million in a development deal that was meant to bring a new NHL arena to Ottawa’s downtown. Capital Sports Management Inc., a group controlled by Melnyk, said

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Insurer prevails where vehicle driven without owner’s consent

November 22, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Alberta Motor Association Insurance Company does not have to pay a claimant who was injured while riding in a vehicle driven without the owner’s consent. The Supreme Court of Canada announced Thursday it will not hear an appeal from Ashley

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Why this simple collision claim needed multiple forensic reports

November 21, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A motorist who was successfully sued for rear-ending a vehicle on an icy road has to reimburse the plaintiff $23,000 for forensic engineering reports. Margaret Ozimkowski was driving home from work Jan. 23, 2012 after dusk in freezing rain. She was

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Limo service sued over collision that killed 20

November 20, 2018 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ALBANY, N.Y. – The operators of a limousine that crashed and killed 20 people in upstate New York were grossly negligent in putting the “dangerous and defective” vehicle on the road, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by one of

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How this broker’s exclusive insurer deal went pear-shaped

November 18, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia broker that got acquired by a unit of The Co-operators Group Ltd. is in breach of contract with RSA Canada-owned Canadian Northern Shield, an Ontario court has ruled. In 2008, Vancity Insurance Services Ltd. was a brokerage