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Insured damages exceeds $124 million from Windsor August floods: CatIQ, IBC

September 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Floods in late August in Windsor, Ont. resulted in more than $124 million in losses to the industry, Insurance Bureau of Canada suggested Monday. “From August 28 – 29, a slow-moving area of low pressure produced significant rainfall over areas

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AIG changes organizational structure, adds “standalone technology platform”

September 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

American International Group, Inc. (AIG) announced on Monday that it will transition to General Insurance and Life & Retirement segments, as well as a new “standalone, technology-enabled platform.” AIG said in a statement that it is planning to make changes

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Intact’s acquisition of OneBeacon Insurance Group expected to close this week

September 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Intact Financial Corporation (IFC) announced on Monday that it has obtained all regulatory approvals required to complete the previously announced proposed acquisition of OneBeacon Insurance Group, Ltd. The acquisition is expected to close on or about Sept. 28, IFC said

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Insured losses from latest Mexico earthquake not expected to exceed US$1.2 billion: RMS

September 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Low insurance penetration rates across Mexico, particularly in residential lines, has prompted RMS to issue a preliminary estimate that insured losses from the Puebla earthquake in central Mexico on Sept. 19 will not exceed US$1.2 billion. “This estimate accounts for

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Windsor residents ‘disappointed’ with Ontario government response after August flooding: NDP

September 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Policy makers “need to look more closely” at government programs intended to help people recover from natural disasters, and these programs “may evolve” in the coming years, Ontario Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Mauro said Thursday. During question period at Queen’s

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Federal bill aims to address ‘regulatory challenges’ of disruptive vehicle technologies

September 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Legislation under consideration by the House of Commons “would increase the flexibility” of federal law to address automated and connected technologies used in vehicles, a member of parliament suggested Wednesday. “Shifts in the global technology landscape are placing a growing

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‘Small number’ of RBC credit card holders affected in Equifax breach, bank says

September 22, 2017 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – RBC says “a small number” of its credit-card clients’ personal information may have been affected in the massive Equifax security breach. Bank spokesperson A.J. Goodman said in an email that RBC has not yet identified any impact to

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Nearly two billion data records compromised in first half of 2017: report

September 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

More than 900 data breaches led to nearly two billion records being compromised worldwide in the first half of 2017, digital security company Gemalto said in a new report. In the first six months of this year, 918 data breaches

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U.S. federal agency urging corporate cybersecurity upgrades is hacked

September 21, 2017 The Associated Press (APR)

The federal agency responsible for ensuring that markets function as they should and for protecting investors was hacked last year and the intruders may have used the nonpublic information they obtained to profit illegally. The disclosure arrived two months after

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Allstate estimates gross cat losses of US$576 for Hurricane Harvey

September 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Allstate Corporation has estimated gross catastrophe losses, excluding homeowners flood, of US$576 pre-tax for Hurricane Harvey. The losses will be reduced by US$23 million in anticipated reinsurance recoveries, for a net estimated loss of US$553 million, Northbrook, Ill.-based Allstate

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Reduction in prejudgment interest rate in Ontario auto lawsuits applies retrospectively: Court

September 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A reduction two years ago, in Ontario’s prejudgment interest rate for pain and suffering damages awarded in auto bodily injury lawsuits, was intended to apply to lawsuits arising from vehicle collisions before 2015 if they go to trial after Bill

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78% of polled Canadians want to see distracted driving tech solution: Aviva Canada

September 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Nearly four in five polled Canadians (78%) in Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and Alberta said they want to see a technology solution that would stop distracted driving by disabling texting and other functions while the driver is behind the wheel,