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97 defendants now allegedly involved in stolen vehicle ring

September 30, 2007 by

A total of 97 defendants are now allegedly involved in the conversion of vehicles related to 49 stolen vehicle claims, after four civil actions were filed by the ICBC against 95 Lower Mainland residents recently. “ICBC has zero tolerance for…

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Elie receives F5 intensity rating

September 30, 2007 by

Elie, the tornado that ripped through parts of Manitoba on June 22, has been given a rating of F5 intensity, the highest on the Fujita tornado damage scale, — the first officially documented in Canada — according to Environment Canada…

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D&O policies may not cover investigative costs

September 30, 2007 by

Canadian corporations need to be cognizant of the type of investigation costs covered in their Directors’ and Officers’ (D&O) liability policies, a report from Aon’s Canadian Financial Services Group warns. Companies need to consider whether, and to what extent, it…

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Hail Claims Exceed 5-Year Average

September 30, 2007 by

Saskatchewan’s hail claims have surpassed the other Prairie provinces and are about 10 per cent higher than the province’s five-year average, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association’s hail report, Farmers from the communities of Reward, North Battleford, Meota, Cut…

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The Privacy Balance

September 30, 2007 by Craig Harris

Canada's Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) has generated a range of reactions from claims adjusters and insurance companies, with some arguing that it's "business as usual" and others revamping how they fundamentally look at privacy. While many...

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McLarens Canada is Picking Up Speed

September 30, 2007 by Laura Kupcis

It's been an exciting ride for McLarens Canada and there's no plan to jump off the car.

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Possibilities, Probabilities and Chances: Assessing Future Pecuniary Losses

September 30, 2007 by Cheryl Canning

In the 1970s, Chief Justice Cowan of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court provided a succinct description of the trend in awards for future lost earnings in personal injury cases: “In this Province loss of earnings is considered part of general…

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Challenges of Health Care Levies

September 30, 2007 by Jane Voll

It’s no secret that health care related claims costs in the auto insurance system are rising. We’ve all seen rising personal injury costs on both the bodily injury and accident benefits sides of loss costs. One cost pressure that doesn’t…

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Revolutionary New Rules Proposed for the B.C. Supreme Court

September 30, 2007 by Paul Mcdonnell and Wei Kiat Sun

In July 2007, the British Columbia Justice Review Task Force (JRTF) released a concept draft for new rules that could govern civil procedure in the British Columbia Supreme Court. This initiative, which began in March 2002, is part of an…

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Court affirms distinctions between ‘other insurance’ policies

August 1, 2007 by

There is a distinction to be made between primary, excess and/or umbrella policies when “other insurance” policies are called upon to respond in situations when primary coverage has been exhausted, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled recently. In McKenzie v.…

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Claims In the Entertainment Industry

August 1, 2007 by Jeff Archbold

In the summer of 2000 Chris Lamon, a stuntman, was killed during the filming of the Steven Seagal movie Exit Wounds. He and another stuntperson were supposed to roll safely out of a van travelling upside down on a street,…

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Court affirms distinctions between ‘other insurance’ policies

August 1, 2007 by

There is a distinction to be made between primary, excess and/or umbrella policies when “other insurance” policies are called upon to respond in situations when primary coverage has been exhausted, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled recently. In McKenzie v.…