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New tropical storm warning for Atlantic Canada

September 7, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Large waves could hit Canada’s Atlantic coast this Thursday as Hurricane Larry moves north, Environment Canada warns. UPDATE – What we know so far about Canadian Hurricane Larry claims On Tuesday morning, the Category 3 hurricane was causing winds of…

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A.M. Best unveils new estimate of reinsured COVID losses

September 3, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Recognized COVID-related losses are about US$40 billion for the global reinsurance industry, A.M. Best Company Inc. said in a reported released Aug. 30. Original estimates of insured COVID losses “easily exceeded” twice that US$40 billion figure, “with around half the…

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When your commercial auto client smells a rat

September 2, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Tall grass and vegetation are not good choices for areas to park or store construction equipment, trucks, recreational vehicles, campers, trailers or trucks. This is because rodents tend to like tall grass, Northbridge Insurance warns. “If buildings, vehicles, and equipment…

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Engineering or maintenance? Why both CGL and professional liability could cover this lawsuit

September 1, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia court has ruled in favour of Northbridge General Insurance Corporation in a dispute with XL Specialty Insurance Company over liability coverage arising from a strata power failure. Both insurers wrote policies for PCA Valence Engineering Technologies Ltd.,…

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Shhh! Don’t show this article to a jury in a vehicle accident lawsuit

August 31, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

An Ontario court has refused a plaintiff’s request to tell a jury about the statutory deductible, of nearly $40,000 for pain and suffering, in motor vehicle accident tort claims. “The jury is not asked to determine how much the plaintiff…

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How much Canadian insurers have lost on cyber liability so far in 2021

August 31, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Private passenger personal accident insurers have experienced a loss ratio of nearly 70% so far in 2021, while the loss ratio for cyber liability is more than 100%. The federal Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions has posted the…

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What industry-wide claims ratios were like for the first half of 2021

August 30, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Canada’s federally-regulated property and casualty insurers collectively made an after-tax profit of $4.23 billion on direct written premiums of nearly $32 billion during the first half of 2021, recently-released regulatory data shows. Most major lines had claims ratios below 55%.…

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Post-pandemic mindshift needed in claims leadership: Desjardins execs

August 27, 2021 by Canadian Underwriter Staff

Claims leaders will need to evolve their mindsets if property & casualty insurers are to succeed in meeting customer demands post-COVID, senior Desjardins Insurance Group execs suggest. “Before the pandemic, we thought we were doing a good job, but we…

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How Lloyd’s says your client could suffer reputational harm

August 25, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Up to a quarter of the value of some of your commercial clients’ firms could be their own brand and reputation. This reputational value could degrade quickly if your client is perceived to have behaved badly, a Future of Insurance…

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Mixed result for motor vehicle injury plaintiff’s bid to quash surveillance evidence

August 25, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Insurers defending auto tort claims should think twice before surreptitiously filming plaintiffs on their wedding day. This is among the takeaways from Rumney v. Nelson, released Aug. 19 by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. A construction firm is being…

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Should public workers’ compensation protect clients from liability for mental stress caused by harassment?

August 23, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario’s workers’ compensation tribunal was wrong when it decided that a Niagara Falls hotel can’t be sued by a former worker who alleges she was forced to quit after suffering harassment, the provincial Divisional Court has ruled. As a result…

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Regarding Henri: How this tropical storm could impact Atlantic Canada

August 23, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Rip tides and waves of up to four metres could affect the Nova Scotia coast once the remnants of Hurricane Henri reach Atlantic Canada Monday. “No significant wind is expected over Maritimes land areas at this time,” Environment Canada said…