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Volvo recalls vehicles to fix automatic braking malfunction

March 18, 2020 by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – Volvo is recalling more than 736,000 vehicles worldwide because the automatic emergency braking system may not detect obstacles and stop the vehicles as designed. The recall covers certain 2019 and 2020 S60, V60, S90L and V90 models. The…

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How D&O claims could arise from COVID-19

March 17, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If your clients are accused of failing to warn shareholders of the impact of COVID-19, their directors and officers could have liability exposure, experts from Marsh suggest. Generally speaking, directors and officers tend to have the same liability exposure as…

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What Intact is doing during COVID-19

March 17, 2020 by Adam Malik

Intact Insurance employees are working from home and the company has created a dedicated team to keep an eye on developments during the COVID-19 pandemic, the company told Canadian Underwriter. “We are taking steps as needed to keep our people…

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Quebec warns no emergency shelters for spring flooding amid COVID 19 outbreak

March 17, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Quebec’s public security minister is warning that due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, the province will not be able to open emergency shelters in the event of spring flooding. Genevieve Guilbault says the COVID-19 pandemic is changing the…

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How liability insurance responds (or not) to COVID-19

March 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If your clients are sued as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, don’t assume they will be covered by a commercial general liability policy. General liability policies have exclusions; and for COVID-19, the most relevant exclusion is probably pollution, suggested…

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How COVID-19 is changing virtual medical assessments

March 16, 2020 by Adam Malik

Virtual medical assessments could play a significant role in keeping the insurance industry moving along during the COVID-19 pandemic. But conducting such procedures will be changing as people are urged to stay home. “COVID-19 has brought this up to the…

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What a ‘made-in-Alberta’ no-fault auto insurance regime would look like

March 13, 2020 by Adam Malik

Moving to a no-fault system would help alleviate the pressures being put auto insurance costs in Alberta, and would be a unique model in the Canadian market, according to the head of the province’s brokers. “We feel this will kick…

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How commercial lease terms affect gas bars’ pollution liability

March 12, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If a retail gas station has to remove underground tanks and contaminated soil, is the landlord or tenant responsible for the costs? Much of it depends on the terms of the lease and case law around commercial tenants’ trade fixtures,…

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One business interruption risk from COVID-19 that your clients may overlook

March 11, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Will your business get interrupted because people working from home due to COVID-19 cannot log into their computer systems? “If you are asking staff to work from home, make sure that the technology systems to enable them to do that can…

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Why this ski resort’s waiver argument doesn’t cut it with appeal court

March 10, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia judge should not have used a North Vancouver ski resort’s warning notices to throw a personal injury lawsuit out of court, the province’s appeal court found in a ruling released March 4. In Apps v. Grouse Mountain…

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Ingredients are there for N.B. flooding, but too early to forecast: officials

March 10, 2020 by Kevin Bissett - THE CANADIAN PRESS

FREDERICTON – Public safety officials in New Brunswick say people living in flood-prone areas of the province should be prepared for rising waters, but it’s too early to say what this year’s flood season will bring. The province launched its…

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How carriers are covering travel insurance in the age of coronavirus

March 9, 2020 by Jason Contant

Carriers who offer travel insurance are taking different approaches to covering trip cancellations in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that claimed its first Canadian victim Monday. Typically, travellers with regular trip cancellation insurance with trips booked before the…