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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

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Economical to take over commercial ridesharing insurance coverage from Intact

August 21, 2020 by Jason Contant

Economical Insurance will replace Intact Insurance as the commercial auto insurer for Uber in four Canadian provinces effective Sept. 1. Waterloo, Ont.-based Economical announced Tuesday in a press release the “new and significant relationship with Uber in Canada, designed to

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What back to the office looks like for Canadian brokerages

August 20, 2020 by Jason Contant

As businesses across the country continue their staged approach to reopening in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, many brokerages are looking at what this “new normal” means for their company and staff. Some brokerages plan to reopen in

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Why this trial lawyer wants to ban civil jury trials

August 19, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Motor vehicle accident lawsuits in Ontario are often decided by juries, and one personal injury lawyer would like to change this. “I don’t see a valid cause as to why juries should be retained at all in civil trials,” said

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Court ruling in hockey claim could lead to more joint defence situations: legal expert

August 19, 2020 by David Gambrill

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision, in which a fan was injured by a hockey puck during a game, may lead to a shift toward joint claims handling at the outset of a claim when two insurers are potentially

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Toronto strip club employee may have exposed up to 550 to COVID-19: officials

August 14, 2020 by Jake Kivanc - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – A Toronto strip club where as many as 550 people may have been exposed to COVID-19 last week was not following public health guidelines, officials said Friday. Toronto Public Health said the Brass Rail strip club in the

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Why it’s hard to make telematics ‘commercially viable’ in Canada

August 13, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If regulators continue to prohibit auto insurers from imposing surcharges when they detect risky driving behaviour through telematics, it will be difficult for usage-based insurance to be commercially viable, an Aviva Canada data science expert suggests. “Telematics is a good

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Ford recalls more than 60,000 vehicles in Canada due to safety issues

August 13, 2020 by The Canadian Press

OAKVILLE, Ont. – Ford has issued two recalls affecting 63,367 vehicles in Canada, citing safety issues with the brakes and coil spring. The largest recall covers 62,876 Ford Edge vehicles with 2015 through 2018 model years, and Lincoln MKX vehicles