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Good news from Supreme Court for auto liability insurers

June 10, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

An auto bodily injury ruling described as favourable to insurers is now officially in the books, as the Supreme Court of Canada rejected leave to appeal Thursday. The initial Court of Appeal for Ontario ruling, which now stands, was “very

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Lac-Mégantic residents seek economic and moral damages

June 10, 2018 Sidhartha Banerjee - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – A new group of mostly Lac-Megantic residents is seeking authorization from Quebec Superior Court to sue for economic and moral damages worth upwards of $5 million relating to the Lac-Megantic rail tragedy in 2013. Train engineer Tom Harding,

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Laura Emmett becomes Youngest Ever President of Canadian Defence Lawyers

June 8, 2018 by Daniel Strigberger

TORONTO, June 8, 2018 /insPRESS/ – Strigberger Brown Armstrong LLP congratulates its team member, Laura Emmett, on beginning her role as President of the Canadian Defence Lawyers. “I’m thrilled to be the President of the only national organization that represents

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Broker fined after backdated coverage confusion

June 7, 2018 by Jason Contant

A veteran Manitoba broker who had no binding authority was fined $2,500 by the provincial regulator for confirming a client’s coverage before he had even sent an application to the insurer, apparently on the assumption that the insurer would backdate

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Workers comp bars Ontario auto accident victim from suing in bizarre double-crash

June 7, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

In an auto accident claim involving back-to-back crashes, a woman who lost both her legs after being hit by a car is barred from suing the driver because the car that had carried her to the scene of the accident

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Directors and officers fail to get shareholders class-action tossed out of Ontario court

June 3, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Five former directors and officers of a Vancouver-based mining firm can be sued personally in Ontario by shareholders alleging the firm misrepresented financial statements. The Supreme Court of Canada announced Thursday it will not hear an appeal, from SouthGobi Resources

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How much ICBC expects to save by using new anti-fraud software

May 31, 2018 by Jason Contant

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) expects to save $43 million this fiscal year and another $59 million the following fiscal year by using specialized anti-fraud software that the public insurer implemented in 2017. “And that’s on top of

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Judges divided on how claimants prove involvement of unknown vehicles

May 29, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The Court of Appeal of Alberta has ruled that motorists who claim to be hit by unidentified vehicles must prove that there was “physical contact,” and produce some kind of corroborating evidence of the involvement of an unknown vehicle. The

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This percentage of consumers believe auto insurance fraud is an “accepted practice”

May 28, 2018 by Jason Contant

Nearly half of customers polled for an Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) survey believed that committing auto insurance fraud is an “accepted practice” in B.C., with most saying that claims contain an “element” of fraud. The survey of 1,373

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BMO and CIBC’s Simplii warn fraudsters may have accessed data of 40,000 clients

May 28, 2018 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Two of Canada’s biggest banks are warning that “fraudsters” may have accessed certain personal and financial information from some customers. The Bank of Montreal said fraudsters contacted the bank on Sunday claiming to be in possession of certain

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Could bombed restaurants be held liable for not mitigating risk?

May 27, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Restaurant operators face minimal liability risk when customers are injured in bombing attacks, but the risk is extremely low if the attacks are unforeseen and the company does what is “reasonable under the circumstances” to manage risk, an insurance defence

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Did 1970s fire insurance subrogation decisions really set a precedent?

May 22, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Property insurers’ subrogation rights in Canada may be a bit broader than some lawyers and judges might think. An off-cited trilogy of Supreme Court of Canada decisions released during the 1970s– including one in favour of the Eaton’s department store