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How a brokerage sale agreement can lead to a lawsuit

January 15, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The price buyers pay for brokerage firms is often not set in stone but rather depends on the financial performance of the acquired business after it’s sold, and this can lead to disagreements that wind up in court, lawyers say.

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Why a home insurer is paying for a workplace injury

January 12, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Intact is on the hook for legal costs to settle a personal injury lawsuit against a business executive whose friend was injured at a workplace after hours. Intact provided liability coverage under a homeowner policy. The company unsuccessfully argued before

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Top 5 auto frauds in Manitoba last year

January 12, 2018 by Jason Contant

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) has released its top five frauds of 2017. The annual list is selected by reviewing a number of factors, including “sheer uniqueness of the fraud, financial savings for MPI and investigative excellence in unearthing the fraud.”

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One-year suspension for broker who involved unlicensed spouse in renewals

January 11, 2018 by Jason Contant

B.C. broker Elliott Herrera had his license suspended for a year after the provincial regulator found that he had his unlicensed spouse assist him with insurance activities. Once his spouse had obtained an insurance licence, Herrera then provided client information

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Strata’s ‘quick fix’ repair doesn’t have to be perfect: tribunal

January 11, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia strata corporation is not negligent in attempting to fix a leaking skylight by re-caulking instead of replacing it, even though the skylight started leaking later, the province’s civil resolution tribunal found in a ruling released Tuesday. Karen

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Pot law renews industry call for drug testing of commercial drivers

January 11, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The federal government’s push to legalize recreational marijuana is raising concerns within the insurance industry about commercial auto safety and eliciting calls for random drug testing among commercial drivers. Once marijuana is legal, this will “have an impact on the

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Financial firm outsourcing increasing risk of cyberattacks

January 11, 2018 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – The head of the Investment Industry Association of Canada says the risk of cyberattacks is being amplified by the significant outsourcing done by investment dealers and asset managers. Ian Russell told attendees at an Empire Club of Canada

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Legal imbroglio at Niagara brokerage prompts court ruling on email access

January 10, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

An email chain arising from a dispute between two brothers who acquired a St. Catharines brokerage is protected by solicitor-client privilege, an Ontario judge has ruled. Verge Insurance Brokers Ltd. has had a multitude of legal disputes with Richard Sherk,

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How the Feds’ pot plan could trigger home insurance claims

January 7, 2018 by David Gambrill

Canadian insurance claims professionals see social host liability issues at play when the federal government’s Cannabis Act comes into force. “If somebody goes to a home where cannabis is available because the homeowner is able to grow four plants, and

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Rules for appealing contract disputes continue to dog courts

January 7, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A recent Alberta court decision arising from a fatal vehicle accident shows disagreement among legal experts over how to apply the Supreme Court of Canada’s 2016 Ledcor ruling. A divided Alberta Court of Appeal ruling in EnCana Oil & Gas

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What the court thinks of secretly recorded medical exams

January 5, 2018 by Canadian Underwriter

A plaintiff in a motor vehicle bodily injury lawsuit should not have secretly recorded a medical exam conducted by a doctor hired by the defendant, an Ontario court ruled last week. A perception of bias on the part of independent

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Sexual harassment, cannabis top legal risks in Canada this year: law firm

January 5, 2018 Ross Marowits - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – The hot button issues of sexual harassment in the workplace and cannabis legalization joined a leading Canadian law firm’s annual top 10 list of legal risks for businesses in 2018. Borden Ladner Gervais LLP included sexual harassment in