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How much the second COVID wave will probably add to Intact’s claims costs

February 10, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Intact Financial Corp. has now reserved $106 million for claims related to COVID-19, with $23 million of that booked during the last three months of 2020. Intact initially set aside $83 million in reserves for COVID-19 claims during the three

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What the P&C industry is telling Wall Street about cyber risk

February 9, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial insurers are taking a good look at their exposure to widespread cyber events and some are forming partnerships with tech vendors in the hopes of improving their clients’ cyber risk management. “The next pandemic – the exposure that looks

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Business interruption insurer could be sued by this Canadian restaurant owner

February 9, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

An Ontario-based restaurant company whose sales dropped more than 50% during the pandemic may be taking legal action against its business interruption insurer. In a recent securities filing, SIR Royalty Income Fund said its business interruption claim from the COVID-19

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2020 NatCats underscore need for insurers to collaborate with public sector: Aon exec

February 4, 2021 by David Gambrill

Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic may not have affected insurers’ balance sheets in the same way that weather-related disasters did in 2020, but the industry is now much more aware of the impact of multiple catastrophe scenarios unfolding at once, an

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Cyber’s hard market separating insurer wheat from chaff

January 29, 2021 by Adam Malik

The global COVID-19 pandemic has distinguished between cyber insurers who are serious about offering coverage, and those who were just hoping to ride the gravy train while times were profitable, according to one industry analyst. Cyberattacks have skyrocketed, in part

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Six reasons why commercial prices will probably continue rising

January 25, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Don’t expect a soft market for your commercial clients any time soon, executives with The Travelers Companies Inc. warn. Rates on renewal for business insurance were up 8.4% while rates in bond and specialty insurance increased by 12%, Travelers said

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What can go wrong when do-it-yourself clients try to replace home water heaters

January 19, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Some homeowner clients could get in trouble if they try to replace water heaters themselves, by following do-it-yourself handyman advice they find somewhere on the Internet. Many home insurance policies specifically require that water heater installation be done by a

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How ‘take-home COVID’ can impact employers’ liability

January 13, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

COVID-19 can cause a commercial general liability claim if a commercial client is sued by the family member of a worker who has caught the disease at work and then infected family members, insurance law experts suggest. “Take-home COVID” is

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Three ways of reducing your client’s risk of false slip-and-fall claims

January 11, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Installing video systems, keeping an eye out for obstructions on the property and asking claimants for all names they have used in the past are among the techniques your clients can use to protect themselves from fraudulent slip-and-fall claims. Slip

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Impeding, hindering or preventing: Do these mean the same thing in business interruption insurance?

January 6, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Say your client has a policy covering business interruption if the government prevents access to the premises. A pandemic breaks out. Say that client is not completely prohibited from conducting business, but is still losing sales because the government is

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Britain’s regulator challenges ruling in favour of insurers over pandemic BI coverage

January 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The appearance of the word “event” in a “disease radius” clause in business interruption insurance contract could be instrumental in determining whether the client is covered during a pandemic. In a ruling released Sept. 15, the High Court of England

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Why it took four years to add snow removal contractor as a defendant in this slip-and-fall claim

January 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A landscaping firm with a contract to spread salt and sand during the winter has been added as a defendant in a personal injury lawsuit in Ontario more than four years after an alleged slip-and-fall accident. 1323765 Ontario Inc., which