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How much COVID business interruption claims could cost Fairfax

February 17, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Business interruption claims arising from the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to cost Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. nearly Cdn$300 million. Toronto-based Fairfax released Feb. 11 its financial results for 2020, reporting US$669 million in COVID-19 losses across all of its insurers.…

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What’s making it harder to estimate property Cat claims

February 17, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Recent price increases in building materials means it is harder than normal to predict the cost of repairing property damage, restoration experts say. Restoration contractor Peak Services handled several thousand claims after the June 13, 2020, record hail storm in…

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One knock-off effect of rising condo deductibles

February 16, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A large increase in deductibles on condo corporations’ insurance is starting to put pressure on individual condo owners’ premiums, a new report from LowestRates.ca shows. “When a deductible goes up – say from $20,000 a year to $100,000, or $200,000…

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Insurers beware: Why your settlements may not be secure

February 16, 2021 by Canadian Underwriter

A record-keeping blunder more than 50 years ago means London, Ont.’s Catholic diocese faces a new multi-million-dollar lawsuit over sexual abuse during the early 1970s of an elementary school student by a priest. The Supreme Court of Canada announced Feb.…

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How COVID-19 has affected repair of vehicles from hail

February 12, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The COVID-19 pandemic has created some barriers to repairing vehicle and property damage – including a shortage of auto body parts, and a labour shortage impacted by Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) recipients who are reluctant to return to work,…

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Final outcome of The Co-operators’ surface water commercial property coverage dispute

February 12, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A Supreme Court of Canada decision released Thursday means The Co-operators cannot appeal a $429,000 court decision against it over “surface water” coverage on a commercial property policy. In Co-operators General Insurance Company v. Le Treport Wedding & Convention Centre…

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How much the second COVID wave will probably add to Intact’s claims costs

February 10, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Intact Financial Corp. has now reserved $106 million for claims related to COVID-19, with $23 million of that booked during the last three months of 2020. Intact initially set aside $83 million in reserves for COVID-19 claims during the three…

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What the P&C industry is telling Wall Street about cyber risk

February 9, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial insurers are taking a good look at their exposure to widespread cyber events and some are forming partnerships with tech vendors in the hopes of improving their clients’ cyber risk management. “The next pandemic – the exposure that looks…

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Business interruption insurer could be sued by this Canadian restaurant owner

February 9, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

An Ontario-based restaurant company whose sales dropped more than 50% during the pandemic may be taking legal action against its business interruption insurer. In a recent securities filing, SIR Royalty Income Fund said its business interruption claim from the COVID-19…

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Why this drunk driver couldn’t be sued by victims of a hit-and-run

February 5, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A Saskatchewan motorist who pleaded guilty to impaired driving cannot be sued in the province by victims of a hit-and-run accident that happened in Saskatoon a few hours before the inebriated motorist was pulled over and arrested by police. This…

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How much Chubb predicts COVID could cost the industry

February 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

COVID-19 could ultimately cost the global property and casualty insurance industry somewhere in the neighbourhood of US$75 billion in claims, Chubb Limited CEO Evan Greenberg suggested Wednesday. Zurich, Switzerland-based Chubb released its financial results for 2020 on Tuesday. During a…

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How to avoid turning the mishandling of a claim into a six-figure bad faith award

February 3, 2021 by David Gambrill

A Manitoba court decision ordering the province’s public auto insurer to pay a bad faith award of $350,000 serves as a cautionary tale to the industry that bad faith awards for mishandling a claim can be made even after a…