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How not to handle a lawsuit alleging historical environmental contamination

March 9, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers wanting to advise commercial clients on pollution liability risk might learn a lesson or two from London Transit Commission v. Eaton Industries (Canada) Company, released this past Friday by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. London, Ontario’s city bus

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Pollution exclusion means no coverage for this dry cleaner defendant

January 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia court ruling in favour of Intact Insurance Company and Economical Mutual Insurance Company is now final. A Vancouver-based dry cleaners that wanted to make a pollution-related claim with the two insurers, under commercial general liability policies, cannot

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Could CGL policy have to cover this dry cleaning pollution claim?

December 17, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A coverage dispute over pollution exclusions might bring two of Canada’s largest insurers before the Supreme Court of Canada. West Van Lions Gate Cleaners Ltd. has operated a dry cleaners in Vancouver since 1976. Until 1999 an automotive repair business

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Supreme Court rules on 1985 pollution liability indemnification

December 6, 2019 Jim Bronskill - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Two forest-product companies are on the hook for looking after a mercury-contaminated site near Ontario’s Grassy Narrows First Nation, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled. The 4-3 decision Friday brought some clarity to a long-running dispute over

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How this dry cleaner got sued over 50-year-old pollution

April 11, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

An Ottawa dry cleaner is liable for nearly $2 million in environmental clean-up costs resulting from spills that occurred at least 45 years ago, as a result of a Supreme Court of Canada ruling released Thursday. The top court’s ruling

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How Intact and Economical won this pollution coverage dispute

April 10, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A court ruling against Economical and Intact over pollution exclusions in commercial general liability policies has been reversed. As a result, the insurers do not have to defend a Vancouver area dry cleaner against a lawsuit filed by its neighbours

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New Brunswick pulp and paper firm fined $3.5 million for pollution

November 6, 2018 THE CANADIAN PRESS

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Irving Pulp and Paper Ltd. has been hit with one of largest penalties ever imposed in Canada for an environmental violation. The company, based in Saint John, N.B., was fined $3.5 million Monday for dumping improperly

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The ‘wake-up call’ for brokers placing D&O liability

October 2, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A multi-million-dollar pollution clean-up order that spooked the Canadian insurance industry has some commercial brokers taking a good hard look at the exact wording of mid- to large-sized clients’ directors and officers (D&O) liability policies. The Ontario Ministry of the

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How commercial insurers are addressing this D&O coverage gap

September 21, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

If your corporate client goes under and occupies polluted land, what happens if individual directors are left on the hook to clean up environmental contamination? This is the subject of “long, complex discussions” that Aon Canada brokers are having with

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Beware of this water-related risk excluded by CGL

July 9, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

If water damage is top of mind for property insurers, does this mean mold is covered by a commercial general liability policy? Not necessarily. Commercial brokers should make sure they aware of exclusions in CGL policies that would prevent their

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Why your CGL pollution exclusion may not go far enough

January 4, 2018 by Canadian Underwriter

Even though they put pollution exclusions into their commercial general liability policies, two major insurers are still on the hook for defending a Vancouver area dry cleaner against a lawsuit arising from soil contamination, a court ruled last week. In

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Ontario ministry searches Volkswagen offices in emissions scandal investigation

September 20, 2017 Dan Healing - THE CANADIAN PRESS

The federal government should be moving ahead with action against Volkswagen in the wake of news that Ontario has charged the company and carried out a raid on its headquarters, according to an environmental organization. On Tuesday, provincial authorities executed