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Why this strata unit owner does not have to pay for common area damage

September 9, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia condo corporation that charged a unit owner $25,000 for common property repairs has been ordered to reverse $15,000 of the charge. Claire Adamson owns a strata unit which she rents out. Adamson lives at a different address.

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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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Ontario court certifies class-action against insurers related to COVID-19

September 1, 2021 by The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice has certified a class-action lawsuit against fourteen insurance companies that denied business interruption claims related to COVID-19. The class action, launched by several small businesses including a suit store, a smoothie shop and

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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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New parent company for Economical following demutualization

August 30, 2021 by Jason Contant

Economical Mutual Insurance Company will have a new parent company once it demutualizes, the insurer announced Friday. Definity Financial Corporation, a newly creating entity incorporated under the Insurance Companies Act (Canada), will be the parent company of Economical Insurance, Family

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RCMP investigating hack of spy watchdog network involving theft of files, agency says

August 27, 2021 by Jim Bronskill - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The national spy watchdog says the RCMP is investigating a cybersecurity breach that resulted in the theft of files and the compromise of personal information. The National Security and Intelligence Review Agency says that between March 9 and

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No charges in case of Montreal area private care home where dozens died of COVID-19  

August 26, 2021 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – Quebec’s Crown prosecutor’s office says the owners of a Montreal-area long-term care home where dozens died during the first wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic will not face criminal charges.   The office said today in a statement that

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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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Why fintechs look forward to open banking in Canada

August 20, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

If open banking becomes available to Canadians in 2023, fintechs could find opportunities to cross-sell financial services including insurance, a venture capital expert suggests. Generally speaking, fintechs are looking forward to open banking coming into effect, said Laviva Mazhar, Montreal-based

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Lawsuit claims CN, CP railways at fault for sparking fire that wiped out B.C. town

August 19, 2021 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – A proposed class-action lawsuit alleges Canadian Pacific and Canadian National railways caused or contributed to the wildfire that destroyed the Village of Lytton, B.C. The B.C. Supreme Court statement of claim filed Wednesday alleges the fire was set

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Why future care damages exceed $1.2 million in this auto tort case

August 18, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia judge has awarded $1.26 million, in future care costs, to a plaintiff who was hit by a car in 2015. In Pevach v. McGuigan Estate, released Aug. 3, Justice Gordon Funt of the Supreme Court of British Columbia