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Why this drunk driver couldn’t be sued by victims of a hit-and-run

February 5, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A Saskatchewan motorist who pleaded guilty to impaired driving cannot be sued in the province by victims of a hit-and-run accident that happened in Saskatoon a few hours before the inebriated motorist was pulled over and arrested by police. This

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Ontario long-term care home with outbreak of COVID-19 variant faces lawsuit

February 5, 2021 by Nicole Thompson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

A central Ontario long-term care home devastated by an outbreak of a highly contagious variant of COVID-19 is facing a proposed class-action lawsuit from residents’ families who allege their loved ones were neglected by those charged with keeping them safe.

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Support in Canadian P&C industry for U.K. approach to insuring automated cars

January 29, 2021 by David Gambrill

Insurance programs for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) in the United Kingdom may be applicable to Canada as well, according to a recent survey from Canada’s association of provincial insurance regulators. In the U.K., the Automated and Electrical Vehicles Act

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Why this insurer had to pay $187K for ex-Ontario PC leader’s legal defence

January 28, 2021 by David Gambrill

An Ontario court has ordered Sovereign General to pay $187,313 to cover the legal costs of former Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leader Patrick Brown, who personally incurred the expenses while defending a defamation lawsuit arising from the publication of his

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How airlines can be exposed to personal injury lawsuits

January 27, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Slips and falls are not just an exposure for property managers and landlords. They are also a concern for aviation insurers. “Generally, aviation insurers are exposed to liability claims from passengers both while they are inside the airplane and also

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Risk management lessons from the governor general’s resignation

January 26, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

If a commercial client has any inklings of a toxic workplace, an independent investigation is one way of managing reputational and liability risk, an expert says. The resignations last week of Governor General Julie Payette and her secretary may have

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Executive Outlook 2021: Garth Pepper, Liberty Mutual Canada

January 25, 2021 by David Gambrill

Garth Pepper, President, Liberty Mutual Canada With so many unknowns, especially this year due to the pandemic, focusing on the basics will be more important than ever. Those basics include having underwriters who are accessible, flexible, service-oriented, solution-oriented, and empowered

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Suspension of licence renewal requirements for drivers 80 and older raises concerns

January 25, 2021 by Radha Kohly - THE CANADIAN PRESS

A decision to waive vision tests and other screening typically required to renew driver’s licences for Ontarians aged 80 and older during the pandemic has some in the medical community raising concerns about the risks the move poses to those

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This new type of class-action tort grew from genetically modified corn seed

January 22, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A proposed class-action lawsuit based on the novel tort of “premature commercialization” is going ahead in Ontario. The Supreme Court of Canada announced Dec. 10 it will not hear an appeal from Syngenta Canada Inc., which is facing a proposed

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Why this small claims tribunal changed an auto insurer’s liability finding

January 21, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia driver who was found 50% at fault for a collision by the province’s monopoly auto insurer has partly won a small claim against the other driver. Hartmut Wolfram and Yunsun Kim collided with one another in Burnaby

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This kind of homeowner’s liability claim has real teeth

January 21, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

When a dog bites man, the wounds could be deep and wide for homeowners. “Pet bites top the list for home insurance liability claims,” reports Dorchester Insurance Brokers Ltd., based near London in the community of Dorchester, Ont. “Dog bites

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Residents of Old Fort, B.C. suing province, others over slow-moving landslide

January 21, 2021 by Amy Smart - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – Residents of a tiny community in northeastern British Columbia are suing the local and provincial governments over two slow-moving landslides they claim caused their property values to plummet. In a notice of civil claim filed in B.C. Supreme