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Industry execs to discuss how to navigate the condo insurance market

October 23, 2020 by David Gambrill

Selling and underwriting condo insurance these days is a tough gig, but the property and casualty insurance industry is no stranger to tough market cycles. Mainstream media are filled with stories about condo corporations seeing their premiums and deductibles increase,…

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Why reinsurers are now ‘hesitant’ to support some Canadian insurers

October 22, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

One lesson from the economic disruption from COVID-19 is the importance of telling clients exactly what risks are and are not covered, an Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario panelist suggested Thursday. “Business interruption class action litigation does not attract capital…

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Why brokers are going to get sued over pandemic business interruption claims

October 21, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Some brokers are going to get sued by clients whose COVID-19 business interruption claims were denied, a keynote speaker warned Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) members Wednesday. “The main area of claim will be failure to advise of potential…

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How auto insurers are promoting National Teen Driver Safety Week

October 20, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Teenagers are 3.1 times more likely to follow too closely than drivers older than 45, Manitoba’s auto insurer is warning. Teens are also 3.6 times more likely to lose control or drive off the road than drivers aged 45 and…

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How a smart phone can drive efficiency in the claims process

October 19, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Using a smart phone to take pictures of property damage as soon as it happens could speed up the claims process and reduce fraud risk, the head of a Canadian claims technology vendor suggests. “The best way to drive efficiency…

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How COVID-19 has changed cyber underwriting

October 19, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

With loss ratios in the Canadian cyber insurance market skyrocketing, purchasing cyber without having to answer a whole bunch of questions may become a thing of the past. In the recent past, if a client was not very large, or…

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Watch for governments to transfer financial risk from natural disasters to insurers: Swiss Re

October 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

There is growing awareness that governments can transfer the financial risk of natural disasters to both insurance and capital markets, a Swiss Re expert observes. In Asia, Africa, the United States and Britain, there are examples of national and sub-national…

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Why this client can only recover $50,000 on a $2.7-million commercial crime claim

October 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

An electronics distributor that lost nearly $2.7-million because its accounts payable staff were duped by fraudsters cannot claim under policy wording covering funds transfer fraud, a Quebec court has ruled. In Future Electronics Inc. (Distribution) Pte Ltd. v. Chubb Insurance…

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What Canada’s Supreme Court says about employers’ liability for bonuses

October 15, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A constructive dismissal award against a Halifax-based fish oil maker of nearly $1.1-million has been restored by the Supreme Court of Canada. When it comes to employment practices liability, a key lesson from Matthews v. Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd., released…

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Why the court found the landlord responsible for this winter roof collapse

October 13, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A courier firm has successfully sued its landlord for $188,000 after the roof of its Halifax area warehouse collapsed under the weight of snow and ice. In Transport Canpar L.P. v. 3258042 Nova Scotia Limited, released Oct. 8, Justice Richard…

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A business refuses to enforce public health regulations. Is it liable?

October 13, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial clients who fail to follow local health regulations could be considered a “moral hazard” to insurers, but liability claims under such circumstances during the COVID pandemic will not necessarily be denied, a Toronto commercial broker suggests. Commercial general liability…

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How COVID-19 can trigger a ‘force majeure’ or ‘act of God’ clause in a contract

October 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The COVID-19 pandemic could be considered an “act of God,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean a client can recoup a deposit for cancelling a large gathering, a recent British Columbia Civil Resolution Tribunal ruling suggests. While most property and casualty…