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Why Canadian caps on pain and suffering awards could face court challenge

June 27, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Legislated limits on pain and suffering awards, which are meant to manage liability insurance costs, could conceivably be challenged in court, a Canadian personal injury lawyer suggests. South of the border, the Kansas Supreme Court recently held that a state

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Premier Ford promises ‘solution’ to Ontario joint and several liability concerns

January 28, 2019 Allison Jones - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Ontario is taking a look at municipalities’ concerns about a legal rule that they say causes “liability chill” and leads some to ban activities such as street hockey and tobogganing. In a speech Monday to the Rural Ontario

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The lengths to which this lawyer went to represent her auto accident victim

October 4, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear the appeal of a personal injury lawyer who is out of pocket $30,000 after she tried to prevent a hospital from taking a vehicle accident claimant off life support. The lawyer

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Vehicle accident plaintiff loses bid to appeal without paper court transcripts

July 25, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A motor vehicle accident victim wanting to appeal a personal injury lawsuit award without having to pay to get paper court transcripts has lost her bid to appeal using audio court records. Yolando Girao was injured in 2002 in an

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Cap on minor injury auto awards could be coming to B.C.

February 1, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia’s government is considering caps on awards, in auto insurance personal injury lawsuits, for pain and suffering for minor injuries, the province’s attorney general told Canadian Underwriter Tuesday. With a cap on minor injury claims, Insurance Corporation of B.C.

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Coffee burn case sees courts flip-flop on vicarious liability

January 24, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

A recent Ontario court ruling against a coffee shop serves as a warning to defendants that individual employees can be named personally in personal injury lawsuits against corporations. “There is no general rule in Canada that an employee acting in

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How Nova Scotia is reducing auto tort awards

January 17, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A $40,000 award in a personal injury auto lawsuit has been cut down to zero because the plaintiff received Canada Pension Plan disability payments as a result of her injuries. Shirley Tibbetts was riding her motorcycle in Northern Antigonish County,

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Second-generation cyber policies tackle personal injury, property damage

January 11, 2018 by Jason Contant

Cyber insurance policies are now evolving to the point where they are starting to tackle personal injury and property damage, Brian Rosenbaum, national director, legal and research practice with Aon Risk Solutions Canada, told Canadian Underwriter on Tuesday. Known in

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Judge denies separate housework award in auto injury lawsuit

November 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A claim for interference with homemaking capability “must be scrutinized carefully” in an auto personal injury lawsuit, a British Columbia judge suggested in a recent ruling that cites an earlier Court of Appeal for Ontario ruling. In a ruling released

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“Nearly all” U.K. drivers paying record amounts for car insurance: Association of British Insurers

July 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Drivers in nearly all age groups in the United Kingdom are paying record amounts for their car insurance and could face further increases unless the government takes action to reduce claims costs, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) warned recently.

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Allianz total revenues up 2.5% to 36.2 billion euros in Q1 2017

May 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Allianz Group has recorded total revenues of 36.2 billion euros in the first quarter of 2017, up 2.5% from 35.4 billion euros in the same quarter last year. All segments contributed to the increase, Allianz said in a press release

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Non-approved Ontario auto forms do not always render insurance contracts void: Court of Appeal

May 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

If an Ontario auto insurer uses a form that is not approved by the province’s Superintendent of Financial Services, this does not necessarily render the contract of insurance void, the province’s appeal court suggested in a ruling released Wednesday. On