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Another win for wedding vendors in a COVID cancellation dispute

December 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia couple who cancelled their August 2020 wedding due to pandemic concerns is not entitled by a force majeure (an ‘Act of God’) clause to a refund of $4,000 they paid the would-be venue in advance. The province’s

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What brokers need to do to place hospitality coverage

December 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

When it comes to the hospitality sector, insurers’ risk appetites are constantly changing and underwriters are especially concerned about clients who get most of their revenue from alcohol, a managing general agent reports. “A broker has to spend a lot

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Taming Social Inflation

December 16, 2020 by Adam Malik, Managing Editor

Social inflation essentially describes insurers’ increasing legal costs. Why insurers are pinning this primarily on the rise of litigation funding

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Why the D&O market will probably get harder

December 15, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Data breaches and the impact of COVID-19 on a company’s financial performance are among the “megatrends” affecting directors’ and officers’ liability claims, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty warned in a report released Dec. 15. “Outside the U.S., securities class actions

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The show must go on

December 11, 2020 by Scott Carroll, Executive Vice President, Program Director, Take1 Insurance

The new COVID landscape means looking for alternative ways to mitigate claims risk at live events

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Undisputed Neutrality

December 9, 2020 by Adam Malik, Managing Editor

In a world where insurers are amalgamating claims service offerings, third-party forensic engineers can bring to the table a neutral, unbiased perspective that is void of any potential for a conflict of interest, says Chris Giffin, chief executive officer of Haag Canada.

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What four home insurers told the auditor general about illegal electrical work

December 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Some Ontario homeowners could collect insurance money on property claims even if the damage was caused by illegal electrical work, the auditor general suggests in her report released Monday. Staff with the province’s Office of the Auditor General contacted four

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IBC reveals the latest trends in auto theft

December 8, 2020 by Jason Contant

Electronic auto theft, high-end vehicles stolen for shipment overseas, and street racing are three emerging trends coming out of Insurance Bureau of Canada’s (IBC) list of Top 10 stolen vehicles in 2020. Electronic auto theft is on the rise across

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This customized vehicle replacement coverage is headed for the junk yard

December 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

This is no April Fool’s joke. TD Insurance Group plans to stop offering its non-standard five-year vehicle replacement coverage in Nova Scotia as of Apr. 1, 2021. In 2019, the Nova Scotia Utility Review Board approved TD’s application to offer

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How Ottawa is trying to lower earthquake related property losses

December 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Natural Resources Canada is hoping to help insurers cut their loss costs with a yet-to-be released earthquake early warning system. The warning system could provide seconds to tens of seconds of warning before a location is affected by strong shaking,

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Wildfire damage is not like a Godzilla attack. Why that matters to Cat modellers

December 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A client’s structure can remain standing after a wildfire, even when other buildings in the same neighbourhood burn down, because dozens of factors affect a property’s risk, experts said Thursday during a webinar. “The interesting thing about wildfire is [that]

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Underwriting long term care: Transforming liability into opportunity

December 4, 2020 by David Gambrill

With property and casualty insurance carriers reportedly exiting the long-term care (LTC) class of business following a spate of class-action lawsuits related to COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, insurance underwriters may be interested to know about a new technology in