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Directors’ liability at issue in challenge to environmental protection order

August 17, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A Saskatchewan company facing a possible fine of $1 million arising from an alleged environmental offence could have its case heard by the Supreme Court of Canada. The case centres around the validity of an environmental protection order. In Canada,

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Court allows Just for Laughs founder to appeal class-action sexual harassment lawsuit

August 17, 2018 Stephanie Marin - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Quebec’s top court will allow Just For Laughs founder Gilbert Rozon to appeal a decision that authorized a class-action lawsuit brought against him by several women for alleged harassment and sexual assault. Quebec Court of Appeal Justice Mark

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Court orders parent to produce underwriting file to prove she denied permission for her child to drive

August 16, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

If a parent does not give permission to a child to drive the car, then if the child gets into a serious accident, a court could order the parent to produce the underwriting file to prove they did not grant

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Insurer’s quote on a home rebuild leads to lawsuit between homeowner and contractor

August 14, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

After her home burnt down, a homeowner tried to get the proposed rebuild to fit the quotation of an insurer, contributing to a breakdown in the relationship between the homeowner and the contractor. The dispute led to a lawsuit to

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Mechanic barred from suing employer over workplace injury

August 13, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A Newfoundland and Labrador construction company no longer faces a lawsuit from the estate of an injured worker, after the Supreme Court of Canada announced Thursday it will not hear an appeal. Many Canadian corporate clients lack liability insurance covering

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Canadian tech firm flags effect of EU’s new privacy law

August 10, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

New privacy rights for Europeans have changed the way a Canadian multinational business software provider looks at its liability risk. The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect May 25 and makes it mandatory for companies to disclose data

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After a seven-year, $33K insurance settlement, claimant disputes his $5K legal bill

August 9, 2018 by David Gambrill

A seven-year lawsuit against a B.C. insurance brokerage that settled for $33,000 ultimately led to a legal dispute between the claimant and his lawyer over a $5,124 legal bill. The claimant, Larry Jones, sued his insurance brokerage, RHC Insurance Agency

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Regulator allows adjuster to co-own a moving company that sells to insurers

August 9, 2018 by David Gambrill

In a clear conflict of interest case, the Insurance Council of B.C. has allowed an insurance adjuster who co-owns an adjusting firm with his wife to double as a minority owner in a moving and storage company that sells its

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Court balks at auto injury medical expert witness fee

August 3, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

When a motorist gets sued by an accident victim, should the defendant be ordered to pay $5,000 to reimburse the plaintiff for half a day’s court testimony from a plaintiff’s doctor? A British Columbia court official says no. Gary Senner

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The danger of lying about gender for cheaper auto insurance

August 1, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

If a young male motorist is thinking of telling his insurer he is female for the sole purpose of getting a lower rate, there is some simple advice a broker can give: Don’t do it. This is because a motorist’s

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Car wash operator found not liable for $1,800 claim caused after malfunction

July 31, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia motorist who made an $1,800 vehicle damage insurance claim arising from an ill-fated trip to an automated car wash cannot get reimbursed by the car wash operator. This was the finding of a recent decision from the

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What your hospitality clients need to know about their liability limits

July 29, 2018 by Jason Contant

In the restaurant and bar business, those serving alcohol are trained to recognize the symptoms of intoxication to prevent an “overservice” problem, and subsequent liability to the business. But what happens when a customer has been drinking in multiple establishments before