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A new trend for BI coverage dispute lawsuits

May 28, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial insurers who deny business interruption claims during COVID-19 could be sued by clients whose legal fees come from third-party litigation funding providers, an industry watcher suggests. “One thing that is happening now is a lot of insurance companies are…

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Why insurers are investing more in this technology

May 27, 2020 by Adam Malik

Accelerated drone usage by the insurance industry is another of the ripple effects that will come as a result of change thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. The last few months have changed the way people and businesses interact due to…

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Q&A: Business Continuity in the Digital Age

May 27, 2020 by David Gambrill

In an age of social distancing, contactless claims resolution is an important part of preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus. Canadian Underwriter has talked to those in the claims industry about how to do their jobs safely in the…

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Pyrrhic victory for Intact in faulty workmanship coverage dispute

May 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Intact Insurance has convinced an Alberta court that the “faulty workmanship” exclusion applies in a disputed commercial fire claim but the carrier still has to pay more than $600,000 to a bakery, mainly because the judge rejected Intact’s definition of…

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Dry conditions in Nova Scotia fuelling three large wildfires

May 27, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – Provincial officials in Nova Scotia are warning about the potential for forest fires in dry, humid conditions as firefighters battle three significant wildfires across the province. The fires burning Tuesday follow a weekend blaze near Porters Lake east…

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Opinion: How changes forced by pandemic are reducing litigation costs

May 26, 2020 by Ari Krajden, Kawaguchi Krajden LLP

It has become common to say that we’re living through an unprecedented time. We’re also living in a time of great change that has been forced upon us. Some of these changes have been for the better — and have…

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Q&A: Business Continuity in the Digital Age

May 26, 2020 by David Gambrill

More than 3 million Canadians lost their jobs in March and April due to the business closures to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. An Angus Reid poll published in March suggested that 44% of Canadian households reported lost…

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Why noxious gas release claims can be costly

May 26, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Toxic gas leaks may not happen often in Canada but if it happens to your client, it can result in a large third-party liability claim, a managing general agent warns. A styrene gas leak from an LG Polymers in India…

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How liability coverage limits determined what this bar owed in commercial host lawsuit

May 25, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A bar found 20% liable for an impaired driving accident has to pay two-thirds of the plaintiff’s legal costs and wound up paying double for damages what the at-fault motorist paid. Hummel v. Jantzi, released May 14 by the Ontario…

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Pandemic insurance fraud: What to watch for…

May 25, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Inflated auto towing and storage claims and arson are among the risks the industry faces from the economic downturn and social distancing arising from the pandemic, a fraud and data analytics expert warns. “A legitimate accident may happen and [a…

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Residents evacuated for forest fire near Halifax allowed to return home

May 25, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

PORTERS LAKE, N.S. – Residents of more than 500 homes that were threatened by a forest fire in an area east of Halifax are being allowed to return now that officials have lifted an evacuation order. Halifax Fire tweeted late…

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Q&A: Business Continuity in the Digital Age

May 22, 2020 by David Gambrill

There has been a significant amount of discussion, both within and outside of P&C industry, about whether a commercial insurance policy offers pandemic coverage for business interruption losses. Generally speaking, commercial liability policies exclude business interruption coverage for pandemic. However,…