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How $15-billion Quebec class-action award affected this company

March 26, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL –  Rothmans, Benson & Hedges has become the third tobacco company to receive a temporary reprieve from compensating 100,000 Quebec smokers after securing creditor protection in an Ontario court on Friday. Imperial Tobacco Canada and JTI-Macdonald Corp. were both

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How privacy breach lawsuit could get more expensive for Equifax

March 25, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Equifax may have to defend itself against separate privacy class action lawsuits in at least two Canadian provinces as a result of a cyber breach in 2017. A cyber insurance claim can be triggered when a client is subject to

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Eight years jail time for truck driver in Broncos bus crash

March 22, 2019 Bill Graveland and Stephanie Taylor - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MELFORT, Sask. _ A truck driver who caused the deadly Humboldt Broncos crash has been sentenced to eight years in prison. Jaskirat Singh Sidhu of Calgary had pleaded guilty earlier this year to 29 counts of dangerous driving. He stood

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Why appeal court quashed this punitive damage award

March 21, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If your client is successfully sued for being vicariously liable for the behaviour of a sexual offender, should that client have to pay punitive damages simply for not admitting liability before the trial? Judges are not unanimous on this issue.

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This Supreme Court ruling could drive environmental insurance sales

March 19, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers could see more demand for environmental liability insurance because of a recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling in favour of the Alberta Energy Regulator, a Toronto underwriter suggests. In Orphan Well Association v. Grant Thornton Ltd., the Supreme Court

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Top court sides with insurer in unidentified vehicle coverage dispute

March 14, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A Supreme Court of Canada decision released today means Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company does not have to cover a claimant who says he drove off the road to avoid an oncoming vehicle. Andrew Funk was injured after he drove his

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Quebec reaches deal to compensate motorists trapped on highway after 2017 storm

March 14, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – The Quebec government has agreed to compensate motorists who were trapped for hours on a major Montreal highway in March 2017 following a massive snowstorm. Lawyers representing plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit said today they reached an

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Four years in jail for driver who was texting before fatal crash

March 13, 2019 Stephanie Marin - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – A Quebec man convicted of killing another driver and injuring two teenagers while texting at the wheel has been sentenced to four years in prison. Martin Carrieres, 39, had exchanged more than 30 text messages while driving on

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Recurring back pain and auto liability: how this court applied the two-year limit

March 12, 2019 by David Gambrill

If an injured cyclist in an auto liability action declares feeling better after treatment, takes a year off work, and then feels debilitating back pain after returning to work three years after the accident, does the two-year statute of limitations

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Honda recalls 83,977 vehicles in Canada to replace Takata air bag inflators

March 12, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Honda is recalling about 1.2 million vehicles in North and Central America because their Takata air bag inflators can explode and send shrapnel into the passenger compartment. The recall affects 83,977 vehicles in Canada and includes many Honda

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How this paperwork accident gave condo dweller stamp collection coverage

March 7, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

For insurance professionals who put together renewal packages, some mistakes are worse than others. A case in point is sending a “quality package” that refers to a different kind of policy, rather than the policy you are renewing for the

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This research can help defend slip and fall claims

March 6, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If your client owns or manages a property, can it put a number on the slipperiness of the surfaces? This is what companies managing an Ottawa property did after they were sued for $2.9 million by a civil servant who