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Two companies, one shareholder, only one named insured. What happens next?

March 14, 2023 by David Gambrill

A man who is the sole shareholder of two companies — one that owns a title deed to a building (and the only named insured on the policy), and one a commercial tenant of that same building — has an

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Location of primary insurer, not excess insurers, decides proper legal forum

December 12, 2022 by David Gambrill

Ontario is the appropriate legal forum for determining whether a Canadian mining company is entitled to be insured for environmental liability claims arising mostly in Ontario — despite the fact several of its 22 excess insurers are global and not

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Commercial insurer, brokerage granted right to a jury trial in marine claim

September 7, 2022 by David Gambrill

A B.C. commercial fishing operation must face a jury in its insurance claim against Intact Insurance and the brokerage Harlock Murray Underwriting Ltd., B.C.’s Supreme Court has ruled. The court was not convinced the claim of Arctic Pearl Fishing Ltd.,

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Invoices don’t add up in commercial claim against RSA, court rules

September 1, 2022 by David Gambrill

Ontario’s Superior Court has rejected two claims made by a clothes store operator against RSA for a total of $127,000 in lost inventory due to water damage, because the retailer could not prove the value of the lost merchandise. In

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Lawyers on boutique D&O: Don’t just take your broker’s word for it

February 16, 2022 by David Gambrill

For boutique D&O coverages, a law firm says companies should be bringing in a lawyer to look at the contract coverage and not just rely on the opinion of the insurance broker about coverage. This is particularly true in business

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Insurers lose privilege bid after mill’s internal explosion investigation

February 11, 2022 by David Gambrill

Six insurance companies and a pulp and paper manufacturing company, Fortress Specialty Cellulose, have lost their bid to have a PowerPoint presentation about the cause of a commercial explosion protected under litigation privilege. In rejecting their argument, the Superior Court

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Is the commercial insurance market starting to soften?

November 16, 2021 by Jason Contant

Premium rate changes in commercial lines in Canada have experienced a slight downturn quarter-over-quarter, indicating that the commercial hard market may be easing up a bit. “While we are still experiencing a hard market, the Q3 index shows a slight

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The good and bad news for commercial insurance

October 1, 2021 by Jason Contant

There’s good and bad news when it comes to commercial lines in the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry. The good news is there’s encouraging signs the commercial market is stabilizing, said Don Forgeron, president and CEO of Insurance Bureau

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How commercial premium renewal rates are trending in Canada

April 30, 2021 by Jason Contant

Canadian commercial line renewal rates increased at a slower pace across all major lines in Q1 2021 compared to one year ago, according to the latest commercial premium rate index from tech vendor Applied Systems. Overall, the magnitude of rate

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Canada’s hardest-hit commercial lines — and a reason for optimism

February 18, 2021 by David Gambrill

Commercial lines market hardening in Canada — and globally — should continue through the early half of 2021, with some possible easing of rate increases during the second half of the year once vaccine rollout is widespread, an Aon report

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Why this insurer had to pay $187K for ex-Ontario PC leader’s legal defence

January 28, 2021 by David Gambrill

An Ontario court has ordered Sovereign General to pay $187,313 to cover the legal costs of former Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leader Patrick Brown, who personally incurred the expenses while defending a defamation lawsuit arising from the publication of his

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Why further rate increases could be needed after 2021

October 30, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Despite double-digit price increases in several commercial lines, premiums will need to rise further, a Bermuda insurer CEO said Thursday. “More rate action is needed and likely it will take beyond 2021 in some lines to get to rate adequacy,”