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The good news and bad news about Ontario auto

September 24, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario auto insurance rates were 3.7% lower in the second quarter of 2020, than in the same period in 2019, but were still higher than in the three months ending March 30, 2020, data released Tuesday by LowestRates.ca suggests. “COVID

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How the pandemic will change insurers’ medical assessments

September 23, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted some insurers’ medical examiners to consider virtual exams instead of in-person exams when the examiner needs to speak with the claimant. “We work with a number of firms that provide independent medical assessments and evaluations

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How vehicle depreciation can create E&O risk

September 21, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Personal auto insurance brokers who don’t offer an endorsement that would limit an insurer’s right to restrict its coverage to actual cash value could be increasing their errors and omissions risk, a senior broker has cautioned. Alberta and Ontario have

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Why Uber Canada dropped Intact as its insurance provider

September 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Ride sharing firm Uber Canada chose Economical as its insurance provider because Uber would not agree to Intact’s pricing, a senior Intact executive said Tuesday. “We had a very good relationship, we just couldn’t agree on the price,” Intact CFO

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Supreme Court of Canada paves way for insurers’ medical examiner’s lawsuit

September 10, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A $15-million defamation lawsuit by an insurers’ medical examiner against an Ontario-based personal injury lawyer is going to trial, the Supreme Court of Canada announced in a divided ruling released Thursday. Dr. Howard Platnick “deserves to have his day in

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TD faces class-action lawsuit over travel insurance and cancelled trips amid pandemic

September 10, 2020 by Christopher Reynolds – The Canadian Press

Toronto-Dominion Bank is facing a class-action lawsuit over its refusal to pay travel insurance claims following trip cancellations triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Lead plaintiff Kevin Lyons cancelled his family’s flight to Italy along with their Mediterranean cruise in early

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Why these home buyers won a $100,000 lawsuit

September 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A recent Ontario court ruling arising from a major structural defect in a cottage country home shows why a homeowner should get the vendor to complete a seller property information sheet (SPIS) before agreeing to a purchase. “The law can

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Aviva’s sting operation lawsuit against collision repairer clears first hurdle in court

September 2, 2020 by David Gambrill

A collision repair centre in the Greater Toronto Area has lost its court bid to dismiss Aviva Canada’s $330,000 civil lawsuit against it. The case arose from Aviva’s highly-publicized 2017 investigation into the auto collision industry, based on suspicion of

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What is the future of ridesharing insurance in Canada?

August 27, 2020 by Jason Contant

Once autonomous vehicle technology becomes commercially feasible for public transportation, it will be widely adopted, predicts Obaid Rahman, vice president of commercial underwriting and specialty lines at Economical Insurance. “In my view, when autonomous technology is commercially viable for public

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How a cyberattack on a Canadian insurance courier affected brokers and carriers

August 26, 2020 by Jason Contant

Some Canadian brokerages and insurers recently experienced delays in mail pick-up and delivery after a prominent courier service for the Canadian insurance industry suffered a cyberattack. ICS Courier confirmed in a message on its website Monday that it was the

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The pros and cons of juries in civil trials

August 24, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If the Ontario government abolishes juries in civil trials, this would take away a basic protection for defendants in personal injury lawsuits, a defence lawyer suggests. “The solution is not to abolish juries in personal injury actions. The idea being

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How possible is a hybrid insurance model for the sharing economy?

August 24, 2020 by Jason Contant

Being able to distinguish between personal and commercial usage is one of the biggest unique differences with underwriting for the sharing economy, but the abundance of data available makes a hybrid insurance model possible, Economical Insurance said recently. “You can