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Arbitration glitch sidetracks $147-million Fort Mac reinsurance dispute

March 21, 2018 by David Gambrill

A $147-million reinsurance dispute involving Fort McMurray wildfire claims got off to a rocky start because the insurer and its reinsurers could not initially agree on the method of arbitration. At the heart of the matter was a broad reference

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Six insurer examinations “significantly intrusive,” accident benefits tribunal rules

March 20, 2018 by David Gambrill

Six insurer examinations [IEs] turned out to be three too many, an Ontario tribunal has decided, allowing an accident benefits claimant to go ahead with her hearing despite her refusal to attend the insurer’s three additional IEs. “Three in-person examinations;

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Some provincial plans to crack down on distracted driving go too far: lawyer

March 20, 2018 Steve Lambert - THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG – A group that represents defence lawyers says some proposed laws aimed at cracking down on drivers distracted by hand-held electronic devices go too far. Manitoba and Ontario are two provinces planning to let police temporarily suspend the licences

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End of the line for CFL player’s concussion lawsuit

March 16, 2018 Dan Ralph - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Arland Bruce III won’t be having his day in court. The Supreme Court of Canada said Thursday it won’t hear Bruce’s concussion lawsuit against the CFL and former commissioner Mark Cohon. The decision came after two B.C. courts, the Supreme

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Insurer that paid $800,000 on home fuel oil spill cannot subrogate: Court

March 14, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

A home insurer that paid about $800,000 for an oil spill claim cannot sue the fuel companies in the insured’s name because the homeowner had declared bankruptcy, the Court of Appeal for Ontario ruled recently. Art and Wendy Douglas lived

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Strigberger Brown Armstrong Flies with Shelter Movers

March 13, 2018 by Daniel Strigberger

TORONTO, March 13, 2018 /insPRESS/ – On March 8, 2018, Strigberger Brown Armstrong LLP hosted its launch party in Toronto’s Distillery District. In coordination with their partnership charity Shelter Movers, the firm’s lawyers and staff took the opportunity to celebrate

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$14,833 insurance claim dismissed after eight years for “abuse of process”

March 7, 2018 by David Gambrill

Ontario’s Superior Court recently dismissed, as an “abuse of process,” eight years of legal proceedings launched by a plaintiff against Peel Mutual Insurance Company over a $14,833.77 break-and-enter claim that was dismissed by Small Claims Court in September 2011. “These

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Millennials admit to driving distracted: Allstate survey

March 6, 2018 by David Gambrill

Canadians think Millennials behind the wheel are most likely to drive distracted – and the majority of Millennials appear to agree, according to a new poll conducted by Leger for Allstate Insurance Company of Canada. Eighty per cent of Canadians

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Broker calls court injunction against random drug and alcohol testing “scary”

March 5, 2018 by Canadian Underwriter

Alberta’s appeal court has upheld a lower court ruling that prohibits Suncor Energy Inc. from testing oil sands workers in safety sensitive positions for drug and alcohol impairment. For Sherry Barge, national transportation leader for commercial brokerage BFL Canada, the

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One easy way to reduce ransomware risk

March 2, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Risk managers who teach employees what suspicious email looks like can drastically reduce the risk of being hit with ransomware, a commercial insurer executive said Wednesday. Ransomware is when criminals hack into computer systems, encrypt files and demand a ransom

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Inconvenience: the new standard for certifying privacy breach class actions?

February 28, 2018 by Jason Contant

Judges in class action lawsuits involving privacy breaches are going to become “more accepting of the notion that you can get money for your inconvenience,” a lawyer said on Friday at NetDiligence’s Cyber Risk Summit in Toronto. Eric Dolden, a

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Ontario city settles guardrail ‘spear’ class action lawsuit

February 26, 2018 Colin Perkel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – A proposed Canadian class action that alleged secret cost-saving design changes made to a highway safety guardrail had in fact turned the barrier into a potentially lethal spear has been settled, court documents show. This week’s settlement of