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How the largest commercial brokerage views its COVID E&O exposure

August 18, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Although some commercial clients may start “suing everybody” because their business interruption insurance did not cover income lost during the pandemic, brokers could not have obtained broad-scale pandemic coverage for all clients even if they wanted to because the exposure…

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Top court to consider release that excludes ‘claims of any kind or nature whatsoever’

August 14, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The legal status of a release that excludes a personal injury claimant from pursuing further claims arising out of the incident “of any kind or nature whatsoever” against the City of Corner Brook, Nfld., is headed to the Supreme Court…

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How the UK pandemic business interruption test case could play out

August 13, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The industry will likely learn next month the outcome of a business interruption coverage test case arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, but the verdict is likely to be appealed, a Bermuda insurance CEO suggests. The British Financial Conduct Authority filed…

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Cleaning Up

August 12, 2020 by Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Tens of thousands of claims, for a grand total of $1.2 billion in insured damaged, have been filed from the June 13 hail storm that hit the Calgary area

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Three reasons why the hard market may drag on for years

August 12, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial clients are likely to see big price hikes at least through 2021 and the economic impact of COVID-19 is partly to blame, a Bermuda insurance executive suggests. “We saw double-digit rate increases in our Canadian specialty business,” Albert Benmichol, CEO…

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Forest fire continues to grow near town in northwestern Ontario

August 12, 2020 by The Canadian Press

RED LAKE, Ont. – Residents of Red Lake, Ont., continue to flee the community as a nearby wildfire continues to grow. A spokesman for provincial Ministry of the Solicitor General says aircraft are available to help with evacuations, and about…

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Why this home insurer has a duty to defend a road rage claim

August 11, 2020 by David Gambrill

Pembridge Insurance Company of Canada has a duty to defend an insured who has liability coverage under a home insurance policy in a case in which the insured got out of his car and allegedly threatened another driver in a…

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The impact of Calgary’s hailstorm on North American H1 storm losses

August 11, 2020 by Jason Contant

Canada’s costliest-ever hailstorm contributed to the largest insured losses in North America since the first half of 2011, according to preliminary natural catastrophe estimates from Swiss Re. The hailstorm that struck Calgary in June cost the industry $1.2 billion based…

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Hot Lines

August 10, 2020 by Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

A surge in directors and officers liability claims, withdrawal of some carriers from hospitality and high-profile cyberattacks are among the big trends now in commercial specialty

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This insurer is allowing some COVID-19 support measures to expire

August 10, 2020 by Jason Contant

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) announced Friday that three of the temporary measures it introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are set to expire in the coming weeks. The B.C. Utilities Commission had approved ICBC implementing the…

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Property claim cycle times are on the rise: Xactware data

August 10, 2020 by David Gambrill

While everyone in the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry knows that quick claims response times are critical to consumer satisfaction, cycle times for property claims in Canada increased overall between 2018 and 2019, according to the latest property damage…

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As provincial economies re-open, insurers eye their auto claims frequencies

August 10, 2020 by David Gambrill

As if it weren’t enough with all of the recent news reports about natural catastrophe losses in Alberta, and claims against insurers for business interruption losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is another, more familiar risk looming on the…