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Six-figure pain and suffering judgement against Wal-Mart Canada attracts appeal court scrutiny

May 29, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A $225,000 award in a lawsuit against Wal-Mart Canada, arising from the accidental spraying of a fire extinguisher by a worker, could be headed to the Supreme Court of Canada. The victim of the accidental spraying, Kim Manos, initially won

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Hitching a ride: How risky is carpooling during COVID 19 pandemic?

May 29, 2020 by Melissa Couto - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Whether it’s giving your neighbour a ride to the grocery store, or letting a friend borrow your car, health experts generally advise against sharing a vehicle during the COVID-19 pandemic. But like many coronavirus-related scenarios, determining the probability of infection

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A new trend for BI coverage dispute lawsuits

May 28, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial insurers who deny business interruption claims during COVID-19 could be sued by clients whose legal fees come from third-party litigation funding providers, an industry watcher suggests. “One thing that is happening now is a lot of insurance companies are

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Car sharing service Turo says launch into B.C. market is ‘imminent’

May 28, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – Fans of car-sharing services in British Columbia are about to get another option within weeks of the closure of two other car-share businesses in the province. Turo, which describes itself as the world’s largest peer-to-peer car sharing platform,

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How these two auto insurers rate Gender X differently

May 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Pembridge Insurance Company plans to start rating motorists who identify themselves as ‘Gender X’ in Nova Scotia, charging Gender X motorists the same as women, the province’s regulator announced Tuesday. Through its Pembridge unit, Allstate writes home and auto insurance

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Opinion: How changes forced by pandemic are reducing litigation costs

May 26, 2020 by Ari Krajden, Kawaguchi Krajden LLP

It has become common to say that we’re living through an unprecedented time. We’re also living in a time of great change that has been forced upon us. Some of these changes have been for the better — and have

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Guns, drugs, cash seized in organized crime probe of Toronto area tow truck industry

May 26, 2020 by Liam Casey -THE CANADIAN PRESS

VAUGHAN, Ont. – Four alleged organized criminal organizations that operated as rival tow truck companies involved in a violent battle for territory in the Toronto area have been dismantled, police said Tuesday. York regional police said the alleged crimes involved

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How liability coverage limits determined what this bar owed in commercial host lawsuit

May 25, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A bar found 20% liable for an impaired driving accident has to pay two-thirds of the plaintiff’s legal costs and wound up paying double for damages what the at-fault motorist paid. Hummel v. Jantzi, released May 14 by the Ontario

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Broker loses licence for failing to disclose two of his bankruptcies

May 25, 2020 by David Gambrill

A B.C. broker received a two-year licence suspension and a $7,500 fine for failing to disclose two of his bankruptcies to the province’s broker regulator. Amarpal Singh Atwal, who has been licensed as a broker since 1983, filed for bankruptcy

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The three pandemic BI exclusions at the centre of a class action lawsuit

May 22, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A Laval area restaurant that says it has lost more than $700,000 in two months as a result of the  pandemic is not taking no for an answer from the insurer, who says business interruption coverage does not apply because

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Why it might get easier for plaintiffs to fund their lawsuits

May 21, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

With a recent Supreme Court of Canada decision involving third-party litigation funding coming on top of the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian courts are likely to see a spike some types of lawsuits, suggests the head of

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Q&A: Business Continuity in the Digital Age

May 21, 2020 by David Gambrill

Electronic signatures, also known as “eSignatures,” are basically the digital equivalent of handwritten signatures. Quite a few eSignature options are available to brokers and their clients. Some wonder if a universal standard may apply. We raised the issue recently with