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October 6, 2017 Peter Vlaar, Associate Lawyer, McCague Borlack LLP

Will autonomous vehicles change litigation? While the answer to that question is surely “yes,” a deeper dive is needed to fully grasp what related developments could mean for property and casualty insurance. Longer term, a simpler system overall for addressing liability in auto claims is anticipated.

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Allstate estimates gross cat losses of US$576 for Hurricane Harvey

September 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Allstate Corporation has estimated gross catastrophe losses, excluding homeowners flood, of US$576 pre-tax for Hurricane Harvey. The losses will be reduced by US$23 million in anticipated reinsurance recoveries, for a net estimated loss of US$553 million, Northbrook, Ill.-based Allstate

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“Drastic action” needed to address ICBC ails, remedy hefty rate hikes

September 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The British Columbia government has taken the reins to protect drivers and address mounting financial concerns at the Insurance Corporation of B.C. (ICBC), including by limiting rate increases that threatened to reach double-digits. “Drastic action is needed to fix ICBC’s

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SGI Canada customers evacuated by Saskatchewan wildfires have mass evacuation coverage

September 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

SGI Canada policyholders in areas affected by the wildfires in northern Saskatchewan will have mass evacuation coverage in place for 30 days and should be assured that personal and commercial property policies will not be cancelled for 30 days in

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Insured losses from Harvey’s wind, storm surge as much as US$2.3 billion: AIR Worldwide

August 29, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Harvey-related winds and storm surge in Texas are expected to produce industry insured losses amounting to between US$1.2 billion and US$2.3 billion, AIR Worldwide reported Monday afternoon as flooding in southeastern Texas continued to strand residents and wreak havoc. Included

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Catastrophe losses contribute to decrease in 2017 Q2 net income for Travelers

July 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Solid net investment income was not enough to offset higher catastrophe losses and lower underlying underwriting gains, contributing to the Travelers Companies, Inc. witnessing lower net income for 2017 Q2 compared to 2016 Q2. Net income was US$595 million for

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Chubb’s multi-line practice to focus on large transportation clients in U.S. and Canada, help address wide range of risks

July 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Chubb’s newly launched multi-line industry practice will focus on providing insurance products, service and risk management solutions for best-in-class large risk transportation clients in both the United States and Canada. The formalization of the practice, within the insurer’s Major Accounts

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More data-based use cases likely offers greater shot at success for insurers exploring connected insurance: expert

May 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The greatest value to insurance industry players and their customers will likely not be realized without expanding the number of data-based use cases, Matteo Carbone, founder and director of the Connected Insurance Observatory, recently suggested. “Connected insurance is about gathering

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Economical Insurance posts net income of $5.3 million in 2017 Q1, down from $28.5 million in prior-year quarter

May 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Auto lines, catastrophe and weather-related losses served as a drag on underwriting results which, in turn, contributed to Economical Insurance posting net income of $5.3 million in 2017 Q1 compared to $28.5 million in 2016 Q1. “Higher investment income was

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Recommended Fixes

May 3, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

The Ontario government released April 11 an advisory report with 35 recommendations on how to reform auto insurance. It was well-received by Insurance Bureau of Canada and the province’s brokers association.

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Difficult year for Canada’s p&c insurance industry: IBC’s McGown

April 4, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

The Fort McMurray wildfire and other large weather events combined with the lowest return on investment (ROI) in decades to produce a very difficult year for Canada’s p&c insurance industry in 2016, David McGown, senior vice president of strategic initiatives

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New DGIG water protection program available country-wide

March 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Desjardins General Insurance Group has announced the cross-country availability of a new home insurance program designed to keep policyholders informed of potential leak sources so that action can be taken and water-related damage prevented. Water damage accounts for more than