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How SGI’s expansion into Ontario auto fared last year

July 12, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Saskatchewan’s government-owned insurer has been blindsided by its Ontario auto line. Regina-based Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) reported Tuesday that SGI Canada’s 2018-19 loss ratio in Ontario was 91.9%, up 16.5 points from 75.4% in 2017-18. That increase was “largely due

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How auto accident defendants who admitted liability were awarded $61,000 in costs

July 11, 2019 Colin Perkel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – A woman awarded $50,000 by a jury for injuries suffered in a car crash will have to pay more than $61,000 to cover the costs of the two men she sued, even though losers in a lawsuit are

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Optional benefits priority ruling could create “administrative nightmare” for auto insurers

July 9, 2019 by David Gambrill

An insurance defence lawyer is warning of a potential “administrative nightmare” for insurers in light of a recent Court of Appeal for Ontario decision on priority disputes involving optional benefits. Continental Casualty Company v. Chubb in Ontario is now becoming

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How auto manufacturers could write insurance in Canada

July 9, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If a vehicle manufacturer wants to write auto insurance in Canada, it would need to have a subsidiary that is approved by the government to write insurance, says Ottawa’s insurance regulator. Asked whether an auto manufacturer can insure P&C risks

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Does anyone still believe that $200,000 is enough auto liability coverage?

July 8, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Although Ontario motorists can legally put their vehicles on the road with as little as $200,000 in liability coverage, brokers likely wouldn’t want one of those motorists for a client. “There is no way you can justify why you sold

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Why LAT’s first catastrophic impairment case must be re-heard

June 25, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The Ontario Licence Appeal Tribunal [LAT]’s first ruling on a disputed catastrophic impairment claim is now officially quashed, the province’s appeal court confirmed in a decision released Friday. As it stands, the disputed claim now has to go before a

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Why this bar is partly liable for impaired driving accident

June 20, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Offering 12 beers for less than half price might be a good way for your client to get a crowd of customers into its bar, but it is not necessarily the best risk mitigation strategy. A Niagara area bar is

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Debate over liability when pedestrian hit on road with no sidewalk

June 19, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If your client hits a pedestrian while driving slightly faster than the limit in a dark rain storm, does that mean he or she is liable? It depends which judge you ask. Prashant Jadhav was walking down the shoulder of

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Finding solutions as brokers face cancelled contracts

June 11, 2019 by Adam Malik

Real, sustainable solutions are needed to curb what’s being called a “devastating” time for some brokers in Alberta. The Insurance Brokers Association of Alberta (IBAA) has put together a task force to come up with ways to resolve what the

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Mainstream autos get driver monitoring devices

June 4, 2019 By Tom Krisher - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – Would you pay more for a car or SUV that warns you if you’re falling asleep or not paying attention behind the wheel? Auto companies are figuring that because your life could depend on it, you will. As

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Right of way at roundabout debated in cyclist’s injury lawsuit

May 29, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A pickup truck driver who was hit by a bicycle in a roundabout is 100% liable for the accident, a British Columbia judge ruled in a decision released today. Cyclist Javad Behragam is suing Peter Paviglianiti as a result of

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This ‘leading practitioner’ in insurance law is now a judge

May 27, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

CORRECTION NOTICE: In an earlier version of this story, Glen L.C. Noel was incorrectly identified as a lawyer representing Lloyd’s in Lawlor v. Royal. In fact, Noel represented Mary Lawlor in that case. Canadian Underwriter regrets the error. Glen L.C.