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Does COVID lockdown constitute ‘prevention or hindrance of access’ under BI?

September 25, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Clients who lost business income during the pandemic might not get coverage even if they have coverage for “prevention or hindrance of access,” but this depends on exactly how the policies are worded. The High Court of England and Wales

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Winners and losers of the COVID-19 quarter

September 24, 2020 by David Gambrill

Although COVID-19 infected the underwriting results of the entire P&C insurance industry, it did not affect all insurance organizations equally, as recent data released by MSA Research shows. “The overall picture that emerges at the end of June is one

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How Canadian courts could be influenced by U.K. business interruption test case

September 23, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A recent British court ruling could be good news for Canadian clients who bought insurance covering business interruption from an occurrence of a notifiable disease within a specified distance of their premises, and who had to close due to the

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Why restructuring firms are looking at their clients’ business interruption insurance 

September 22, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Some clients who are in financial trouble because they had to close during the early days of the pandemic are having their business interruption insurance policies reviewed by consulting firms. With COVID-19, many businesses have reached out to BDO for

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What brokers can expect to see in the quota share subscription business

September 21, 2020 by Adam Malik

Brokers during the COVID-19 pandemic can expect to see carriers tighten up policy wordings to reduce ambiguity about pandemic cover, but that might cause delays in quota share subscription business as insurers ponder the precise wordings they want to use,

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FM Global appeals $25-million BI award arising from reactor shutdown

September 17, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Factory Mutual is appealing an Ontario court ruling that included a finding that “resulting physical damage” can mean loss of use. David Liblong, a partner with Liblong Digambar Professional Corporation, told Canadian Underwriter Wednesday that the insurer is appealing MDS

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Will the U.K. decision in a test BI case matter to Canada? Intact and ratings agencies weigh in.

September 17, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The verdict in the British Financial Conduct Authority’s business interruption test case could have an impact outside of Britain, one credit rating agency warns, but Canada’s largest carrier appears to be largely unaffected. The vast majority of Intact Financial Corp.’s

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P&C industry braces for a ‘second wave’ of COVID liability

September 15, 2020 by David Gambrill

There is an old saying: ‘Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.’ As schools across the nation re-open, and as COVID-19 virus infection rates across Canada once again begin to climb, Canadian P&C industry observers

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Aon’s take on the state of the Canadian P&C insurance market

September 15, 2020 by Jason Contant

The first quarter of 2020 saw a continuation and acceleration of the Canadian risk and insurance market shift that took hold in 2019, with pricing increases, withdrawn capacity in several key lines of business, tightened terms, and an increasingly rigorous

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Mixed result in British court ruling in business interruption coverage dispute

September 15, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If a client has business interruption coverage “following” a notifiable disease within a certain distance, while another has coverage for BI “in consequence” of the same disease, one of those clients could be covered for its COVID-19 closure while the

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How clients may argue BI covers pandemic if no physical damage occurs

September 4, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Some clients seeking business interruption coverage arising from the COVID-19 pandemic are looking to the courts for a “generous” interpretation of policy wording, a Canadian lawyer says. “In the context of property damage claims related to the novel coronavirus, many

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Insurers adding pandemic exclusions in commercial policies that go beyond just BI

September 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Many insurers that did not start adding pandemic exclusions this past July may have to do so in January, a Winnipeg-based executive with commercial brokerage Gallagher reports. “The majority of insurers – or all insurers – are adding specific wording