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Directors’ liability at issue in challenge to environmental protection order

August 17, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A Saskatchewan company facing a possible fine of $1 million arising from an alleged environmental offence could have its case heard by the Supreme Court of Canada. The case centres around the validity of an environmental protection order. In Canada,

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Mechanic barred from suing employer over workplace injury

August 13, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A Newfoundland and Labrador construction company no longer faces a lawsuit from the estate of an injured worker, after the Supreme Court of Canada announced Thursday it will not hear an appeal. Many Canadian corporate clients lack liability insurance covering

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Court balks at auto injury medical expert witness fee

August 3, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

When a motorist gets sued by an accident victim, should the defendant be ordered to pay $5,000 to reimburse the plaintiff for half a day’s court testimony from a plaintiff’s doctor? A British Columbia court official says no. Gary Senner

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Questions to ask clients who serve alcohol

July 30, 2018 by Jason Contant

Risk managers in the restaurant and bar business need to “mine” for information from potential insureds to make sure they exercise their duty of care in serving alcohol responsibly. “From a risk management standpoint, what’s key is the insured is

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Supreme Court to determine fate of Lloyd’s payment in $5.6-million shipping loss

July 19, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear a dispute that will determine whether a Lloyd’s insurer may recover some of the claim money it paid out arising from a $5.6-million cargo ship loss on the St. Lawrence River.

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Tobacco lawsuit defence set back by Supreme Court of Canada

July 18, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled against the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, which is being sued by the British Columbia government for the cost of treating smoking-related illness. Part of the issue in question centres around whether the province

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Chemical spills from 1960s cost property owner $2 million

July 11, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

An Ottawa drycleaner has to pay a neighbouring property owner nearly $2 million because of environmental contamination that happened more than 40 years ago. Eddy Huang, who owns properties on Bank Street north of the Billings Bridge, sued drycleaner Fraser

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In search of cannabis product liability coverage

June 28, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers looking to place product liability policies for cannabis vendors might face an uphill battle. The cannabis industry “desperately” needs access to the same coverage that insurers already provide to non-cannabis businesses in agriculture pharmaceutical or manufacturing, said Wendy Sinclair,

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Auto insurer on hook for $300K after client address mix-ups

June 26, 2018 by David Gambrill

If you can’t find your itinerant clients, have they failed to cooperate with your defence of an auto insurance liability action? An Ontario court recently ordered Gore Mutual Insurance Company to pay a $300,000 balance owing on a settlement judgment,

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Supreme Court rules against city over 2008 hockey riot vandalism

June 12, 2018 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled against the City of Montreal in a case involving rioters who damaged police vehicles after a 2008 Montreal Canadiens victory. Several police cars were set ablaze and some were destroyed in

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The ‘key challenge’ in defending businesses suffering violent attacks

May 31, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

If a violent attack occurs on your business client’s premises, there is a good chance the insurance company will somehow be involved. If a random person walks into a restaurant or retail store “without warning and undertakes some violent criminal

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Bomb threats highlight liability risk of office towers with lax security

May 30, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

In the wake of a threatened bombing in Stratford, Ont., and a restaurant bombing near Toronto, landlords of office towers may want to review their security systems to reduce their risk of liability. In general, owners of multi-tenant buildings have