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Why this trial lawyer wants to ban civil jury trials

August 19, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Motor vehicle accident lawsuits in Ontario are often decided by juries, and one personal injury lawyer would like to change this. “I don’t see a valid cause as to why juries should be retained at all in civil trials,” said

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Court ruling in hockey claim could lead to more joint defence situations: legal expert

August 19, 2020 by David Gambrill

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision, in which a fan was injured by a hockey puck during a game, may lead to a shift toward joint claims handling at the outset of a claim when two insurers are potentially

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Are your clients using the pandemic to terminate staff? A primer on their liability exposure

August 18, 2020 by Adam Malik

Just because staff members are not choosing to return the office, that doesn’t mean employers can terminate them, an employment lawyer warned. If P&C organizations or their commercial business clients are culling employees for the wrong reasons, they could be

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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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Experts say COVID waivers unlikely to shield private schools from legal action

August 18, 2020 by Cassandra Szklarski - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Some private schools afraid they’d be blamed if a student gets COVID-19 are considering waivers to absolve them, but experts say that wouldn’t stop a parent from suing or a school from racking up legal bills. Toronto lawyer

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With the pandemic abated, OSFI restarts work on IFRS 17

August 17, 2020 by David Gambrill

Three things in life are inevitable — death, taxes, and the transition to IFRS 17. With the country now over what appears to be the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic thus far, Canada’s solvency regulator, the Office of the Superintendent

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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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Why it’s hard to make telematics ‘commercially viable’ in Canada

August 13, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If regulators continue to prohibit auto insurers from imposing surcharges when they detect risky driving behaviour through telematics, it will be difficult for usage-based insurance to be commercially viable, an Aviva Canada data science expert suggests. “Telematics is a good

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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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Brokers urged to remind clients: Home policies won’t cover ‘pandemic pods’

August 13, 2020 by David Gambrill

As schools across the country prepare for re-opening in September, skittish parents who are not in favour of in-class learning for their children are setting up so-called “pandemic pods” to home-school small groups of children in the home. But brokers

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Balancing Act

August 8, 2020 by CIP Society

What happens when an agreement is breached due to COVID-19? Experts share their thoughts

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Policies under the microscope

August 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

How the outcome of a test case in Britain over business interruption coverage during COVID-19 may reverberate throughout the Canadian commercial P&C market