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Severing Bad Faith Claims From First Party Property Losses

August 1, 2007 by Havelock Madill, Q.C.

The attitude of the Canadian courts to bifurcation

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Alberta introduces Insurance Act amendments, changes limitation periods

August 1, 2007 by

The Alberta government on June 12 introduced Bill 42, which contains a number of changes to the province’s Insurance Act, including an extension of the limitation period for a policyholder to claim against an insurer from one to two years.…

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Canadian carriers lagging in service: survey

August 1, 2007 by

Canadian carriers scored the lowest in terms of quality of underwriting, policy administration and service when compared with the United States, London and Bermuda carriers in Willis Group’s inaugural Carrier Evaluation Survey. In terms of claims, Canadians nudged ahead of…

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Substitutes and the Auto Claims Industry

August 1, 2007 by Greg Horn

How understanding and preparing for changes in the physical damage claims distribution can give you a competitive advantage.

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On the Scene (August 02, 2007)

August 1, 2007 by

PPG Canada Inc. has announced a shuffle within its automotive refinish group, with five staff members receiving new appointments. The appointments include: Lee Smith, current director of Refinish Canada, has been promoted to director of strategic growth and acquisition for…

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Changes to Vicarious Liability

August 1, 2007 by Stephen R. Moore

The Ontario government's attempt to limit leasing and rental company liability.

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FSCO changes PAF guideline for whiplash injuries

August 1, 2007 by

The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) is releasing a revised Pre-approved Framework (PAF) Guideline for Grade I and II Whiplash Associated Disorders and accompanying Pre-approved Framework Extension Request and Discharge Report form (OCF-24/198). The new PAF Guideline is effective…

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Strange Brew: The Trail of the Paisley Snail

June 1, 2007 by William Blakeney

In the classic comedy, Strange Brew, Bob and Doug McKenzie (of SCTV fame) find themselves in crisis when their family unexpectedly runs out of beer on a Saturday night. The brothers are too terrified to tell their father they have…

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Ontario court deems mosquito bite an accident

June 1, 2007 by

Ontario’s Court of Appeal has deemed the 2002 biting of an outdoor worker by a West Nile Virus-carrying mosquito an accident and has awarded the worker $130,000 of coverage under his policy. Ryszard Kolbuc was working as a plasterer when…

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No More Broken Telephone

June 1, 2007 by Alberto Maggi

New HCAI system to provide accurate, comprehensive health claims data by capturing it at the source.

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ICLR unveils tornado- and winter storm-resistant home

June 1, 2007 by

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) is unveiling a winter storm- and tornado-resistant home in Edmonton, Alberta. The home retrofit includes: anchoring cabinets, office equipment and bedroom furniture to walls; bracing TV stands, televisions and refrigerators with appliance straps;…

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B.C. case affirms claimants must provide complete information

June 1, 2007 by

A recent B.C. Supreme Court jury decision in Rallahan v. Siu and Litt reinforces the need for claimants to provide complete and accurate information when making a claim with auto insurers. The court ruled Balwinder Singh Rallahan failed to provide…