Canadian Underwriter

News ClaimsInsuranceLegal

No, you can’t ram a car in a fit of road rage and collect insurance for the damage

September 18, 2020 by David Gambrill

A B.C. driver recently learned the hard way that you can’t ram your car into another car during a parking lot road rage incident and then make an insurance claim for the repair. Majid Abood was waiting in his car…

News Claims CanadaCommercial LinesRisk

How Northbridge is advising clients to prepare for second COVID-19 wave

September 18, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

One key component of preparing for the anticipated second wave of COVID-19 cases in Canada is for businesses to assess how they responded to the first wave of the disease, Northbridge Insurance is telling its commercial clients. “Many businesses that…

News ClaimsClaims CanadaInsurance

FM Global appeals $25-million BI award arising from reactor shutdown

September 17, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Factory Mutual is appealing an Ontario court ruling that included a finding that “resulting physical damage” can mean loss of use. David Liblong, a partner with Liblong Digambar Professional Corporation, told Canadian Underwriter Wednesday that the insurer is appealing MDS…

News ClaimsInsurance

Will the U.K. decision in a test BI case matter to Canada? Intact and ratings agencies weigh in.

September 17, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The verdict in the British Financial Conduct Authority’s business interruption test case could have an impact outside of Britain, one credit rating agency warns, but Canada’s largest carrier appears to be largely unaffected. The vast majority of Intact Financial Corp.’s…

News ClaimsCommercial LinesEmploymentInsuranceLegal

P&C industry braces for a ‘second wave’ of COVID liability

September 15, 2020 by David Gambrill

There is an old saying: ‘Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.’ As schools across the nation re-open, and as COVID-19 virus infection rates across Canada once again begin to climb, Canadian P&C industry observers…

News ClaimsClaims CanadaLegal

Appeal judge: Is the lack of a privacy-breach tort in this province ‘anachronistic’?

September 14, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia’s courts need to take a close look at the question of whether the province has a tort for breach of privacy, an appeal court judge suggested in a recent decision arising from a data breach at a Vancouver-based…

News Insurance

Why water damage claims cost the industry more each year than severe weather claims

September 14, 2020 by Adam Malik

Water is the primary reason for rising commercial property claims costs and experts are putting the blame squarely on one major issue: Deteriorating infrastructure. Some industry experts say a sharp increase in water damage caused by aging and inadequate pipes…

News AdjustersBrokersClaimsClaims CanadaEmploymentInsuranceLegalLegislation / RegulationRisk

What’s driving D&O rate increases for privately-held firms

September 11, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Lawsuits from employees alleging harassment or discrimination is one reason for significant price increases in directors’ and officers’ liability rates. In Canada, commercial brokerage Gallagher is seeing an uptick in age and gender discrimination claims and workplace harassment claims under…

News ClaimsClaims CanadaEarnings / RatingsInsuranceLegislation / RegulationMarkets / Coverages

How bad Canada’s auto loss ratios are getting

September 11, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The Canadian industry’s loss ratio in auto liability has deteriorated for the fourth year in a row, A.M. Best Company Inc. has reported. Meanwhile, the loss ratio in “auto personal accident” deteriorated nearly 10 points. It increased from 70.4% in…

News AdjustersCatastrophesClaimsClaims Canada

How much these four Alberta cats cost insurers in 2020

September 10, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Four Alberta catastrophes this year have cost insurers a grand total of about $2 billion, the Insurance Bureau of Canada confirmed this week. A hailstorm June 13, affecting mainly northeast Calgary, topped the list as it caused about $1.2 billion…

News AdjustersClaims CanadaInsuranceLegalLegislation / Regulation

Supreme Court of Canada paves way for insurers’ medical examiner’s lawsuit

September 10, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A $15-million defamation lawsuit by an insurers’ medical examiner against an Ontario-based personal injury lawyer is going to trial, the Supreme Court of Canada announced in a divided ruling released Thursday. Dr. Howard Platnick “deserves to have his day in…

News AdjustersCatastrophesClaimsClaims CanadaInsurance

Industry needs ‘to find a solution’ to this claims adjusting problem

September 9, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Something needs to be done to make it easier to let Canadian claims adjusters work outside their home province in the event of a disaster, speakers suggested on a recent webinar. “It’s generally understood that it’s easier to bring U.S.…