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What this Vancouver plaintiff’s lawyer says about pandemic business interruption coverage

October 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia lawyer suggests at least half the business interruption insurance policies he has reviewed should cover a client who lost business because of emergency measures imposed to contain the novel coronavirus. “People who have ‘all-risk’ policies should be

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How Lloyd’s says the industry can make commercial policies easier to read

October 21, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Traditional insurance policies can be hard to read on mobile devices and legalistic language can make them difficult to understand, Lloyd’s suggested in a recent report. The design and format of policy documents is important, Lloyd’s said in Building simpler

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Why brokers are going to get sued over pandemic business interruption claims

October 21, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Some brokers are going to get sued by clients whose COVID-19 business interruption claims were denied, a keynote speaker warned Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) members Wednesday. “The main area of claim will be failure to advise of potential

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How to survive a pandemic

October 20, 2020 Rob Vosseler, Executive Vice President, Principal Broker, Union Power Insurance Brokers Inc.

A broker principal shares his story about how his fledgling brokerage managed to navigate its way through the various business disruptions caused by COVID-19

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How COVID-19 has changed cyber underwriting

October 19, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

With loss ratios in the Canadian cyber insurance market skyrocketing, purchasing cyber without having to answer a whole bunch of questions may become a thing of the past. In the recent past, if a client was not very large, or

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The growing need for cybersecurity in supply chain management

October 17, 2020 Alexandra Wright, Jackie Vergne and Ken Rayner, Cyber Insurance Solutions Inc.

Your suppliers are most at risk, and attacks will be costly

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A business refuses to enforce public health regulations. Is it liable?

October 13, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial clients who fail to follow local health regulations could be considered a “moral hazard” to insurers, but liability claims under such circumstances during the COVID pandemic will not necessarily be denied, a Toronto commercial broker suggests. Commercial general liability

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How COVID-19 can trigger a ‘force majeure’ or ‘act of God’ clause in a contract

October 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The COVID-19 pandemic could be considered an “act of God,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean a client can recoup a deposit for cancelling a large gathering, a recent British Columbia Civil Resolution Tribunal ruling suggests. While most property and casualty

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What business interruption coverage appeal to U.K. Supreme Court could look like

October 6, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

British insurers are not taking yes for an answer from the High Court of England and Wales, which recently ruled that insuring business interruption “following” a notifiable disease, within a certain distance of the client, does in fact mean that

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Intact warns of indirect economic impact from COVID

September 29, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the biggest risks facing Canadian insurers, executives told a recent investors’ conference. “What can happen to us is what we call indirect losses,” Intact Financial Corp. CFO Louis Marcotte said

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Does COVID lockdown constitute ‘prevention or hindrance of access’ under BI?

September 25, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Clients who lost business income during the pandemic might not get coverage even if they have coverage for “prevention or hindrance of access,” but this depends on exactly how the policies are worded. The High Court of England and Wales

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How Canadian courts could be influenced by U.K. business interruption test case

September 23, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A recent British court ruling could be good news for Canadian clients who bought insurance covering business interruption from an occurrence of a notifiable disease within a specified distance of their premises, and who had to close due to the