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IBAO reacts to possibility of credit unions selling insurance

November 19, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario’s broker association is keeping a close eye on a provincial government proposal to relax restrictions on credit unions selling insurance in branches. “We believe there is a public consultation that is going to take place in 2021, so we

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What happened to this therapist who was convicted of insurance fraud

November 17, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

An Ajax, Ont. woman who billed claimants and insurers for therapy services that were never performed has lost her bid to appeal her criminal convictions to the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2008, a motor vehicle accident victim went to

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Opinion: Why the industry is wrong about litigation funding

November 12, 2020 by Paul Rand, Omni Bridgeway

Litigation funding provides companies and individuals with an important strategic tool. But a few leaders in the insurance industry warn us to “watch out” for litigation funding. They claim it could “significantly raise insurers’ costs.” Good news: They’re wrong. Writer

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Can a strata lot owner launch a subrogated water claim on behalf of its insurer?

November 11, 2020 by David Gambrill

We’ve all heard about an insurer launching a subrogated claim on behalf of its insured, but how about an insured launching a subrogated claim on behalf of its insurer? B.C.’s Civil Resolution Tribunal, a type of small claims court, recently

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‘Surface water’ commercial coverage dispute could reach Supreme Court of Canada

November 11, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A $429,000 commercial property coverage dispute involving overflow from a body of water could reach Canada’s top court. The Supreme Court of Canada announced Nov. 6 that the Co-operators wants to appeal Le Treport Wedding & Convention Centre Ltd. v.

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Alberta farmers file what may be first class-action lawsuit over unpaid oil leases

November 11, 2020 by The Canadian Press

CALGARY – Two Alberta landowners have filed what a lawyer says could be the first class-action lawsuit against an energy company for not making its lease payments. “It’s a pretty clear contract,” said lawyer Matthew Farrell, who is representing Reinhold

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Supreme Court sides with Maple Leaf Foods in case sparked by meat recall

November 9, 2020 by Jim Bronskill - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – A Supreme Court of Canada ruling has dealt a blow to Mr. Sub franchisees in their quest for compensation over losses experienced during a Listeria outbreak. In a 5-4 decision Friday, the top court said Maple Leaf Foods

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‘An insult to the families:’ Saskatchewan government wants out of Broncos lawsuit

November 6, 2020 by Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press

REGINA — Lawyers for the Saskatchewan government are to be in a Regina courtroom Wednesday to ask a judge to remove the province from a lawsuit filed by families of victims of the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash. But lawyers

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Court tells ICBC to keep paying storage for acid-damaged vehicles

November 4, 2020 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – As a dispute over an acid spill that damaged thousands of vehicles winds its way through court, the Insurance Corporation of B.C. has been ordered to keep paying storage costs for the writeoffs. The corporation asked the B.C.

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Insurer urges principles-based regulation: ‘You don’t need to tell me exactly what I can do and what I cannot do’

November 3, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The insurance industry needs principles-based regulation instead of a system with rules for every situation, an Allstate Canada official suggests. “If you have a good system that creates boundaries and guiding principles, and you make sure that nobody violates that,

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How this Supreme Court ruling impacts contractor insolvency risk

November 3, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling means construction clients need to be careful about contract wording that refers to insolvency or bankruptcy. With the Oct. 2 ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada has taken away a tool that a

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Settlement reached over patent dispute between snowmobile rivals

November 3, 2020 by The Canadian Press

VALCOURT, Que. – Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. and Arctic Cat say they have reached a global settlement to ongoing intellectual property disputes between the two makers of snowmachines. Under terms of the confidential settlement agreement, two active court cases in