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Cyber breach: Assume your client will be hacked

April 17, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Directors and officers do not have to be flawless in their cyber security controls but need to come up with a cyber incident response plan and practice it on a regular basis, speakers told insurance professionals at a recent conference.

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One-in-100-year rainfall leads to lawsuit against forestry firm

April 12, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A company responsible for culvert maintenance is facing a lawsuit over the shutdown of a railway after an “unprecedented” summer rainfall event in northwestern Ontario. The case raises an issue about the appropriate size of culverts for contemporary rainstorms. For

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Peace Hills Insurance extends partnership with DAS Canada on Legal Expense Insurance (LEI)

April 10, 2018 Peace Hills Insurance

EDMONTON, April 10, 2018 /insPRESS/ – Peace Hills Insurance announced on April 1, 2018 that it has extended its partnership with DAS Canada to offer Legal Expense Insurance (LEI) to Homeowner, Condo, and Tenant policyholders in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba,

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Ontario government pushes for limits on waivers of liability

April 9, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Waivers intended to reduce liability risk for sports and recreation companies should not protect those companies from lawsuits under the Consumer Protection Act, the Ontario government contends. In a ruling released March 28, the Court of Appeal for Ontario overturned

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Tip to broker leads to undercover auto fraud investigation

April 9, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

As auto insurance premiums go up, Aviva Canada is going after healthcare providers and legal professionals who are conspiring to submit false or inflated claims. Fraud is a “key” reason auto insurance premiums are rising in Ontario and the government

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Legal victory for insurers, as appeal court upholds waivers

April 7, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A recent Court of Appeal for Ontario ruling is “great news” for insurers of sports and recreations clients, such as ski resorts, paintball, and dirt biking, a lawyer told Canadian Underwriter Thursday. In a decision released March 28, the court

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Oil spill case resolved after party that was not at fault paid for the clean-up

April 5, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A homeowner whose insurance did not cover the full cost of cleaning up his furnace oil spill was recently awarded $473,000 in legal costs after he sued the fuel company. The December 2008 incident, in which hundreds litres of oil

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Insurer must defend hospital nurse sued for breach of privacy: Court

April 3, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Aviva Canada has a duty to defend a nurse who is being sued for privacy breach by a patient whose medical records were accessed in a Simcoe, Ontario hospital, the Court of Appeal for Ontario ruled in a decision released

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Despite late notice to claimant, court green-lights priority dispute between insurers

April 2, 2018 by David Gambrill

In a priority dispute between insurers over accident benefits payments, the claimant does not necessarily have to be notified about the priority dispute at the same time as the other carrier, the Ontario Court for Appeal has ruled. The major

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Uber reaches settlement in autonomous vehicle fatality

April 2, 2018 The Associated Press

PHOENIX – The family of an Arizona woman killed when struck by an autonomous Uber vehicle apparently has reached a settlement with the company. Cristina Perez Hesano, an attorney for the daughter and husband of 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, disclosed no

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Your client is house-sitting when a pipe bursts on their watch. Are they liable for damages?

March 22, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Is your client looking after someone’s home? Be careful: a man describing himself as a “voluntary house-sitter” is now a defendant in a lawsuit arising from a flooded home. The plaintiffs, Jiang Wei and Xiu Qing Hu, filed a lawsuit

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Tire-chalking case ends insurer’s bid to establish tort of negligent entrustment in Ontario

March 22, 2018 by David Gambrill

Ontario’s Court of Appeal has rejected an insurer’s appeal that might have helped to establish a tort of “negligent entrustment” in the province. In Ligaj v. Ismail, a decision released on Mar. 20, CUMIS General Insurance Company tried to make