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Court finds coverage for subcontractors when broad policy provision included by accident

July 5, 2018 by David Gambrill

A B.C. court has found that a design-build contractor and an architectural and engineering firm are both entitled to coverage under a Lloyd’s Underwriters policy that included a broad provision to insure “any firm(s)” providing “professional services” to a B.C.

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Unidentified car claim: Court seeks ‘science’ in expert report

December 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Supreme Court of British Columbia has tossed out the report of a forensic engineer, which supported the public insurer’s position in an unidentified car case, saying the report relied too heavily on expert opinion and not enough on “science.”

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How legalizing pot will affect your insurance policies

June 5, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The impending legalization of marijuana in Canada raises a number of legal issues related to property insurance policies, Michael Teitelbaum, a partner with Hughes Amys LLP, said last week at ARC Group Canada’s 2017 annual seminar and cocktail event. In

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Exclusion clause for ‘conversion’ in comprehensive auto policy ‘does not come close’ to being easily intelligible: Court

April 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

An exclusion in an auto insurance policy for loss or damage caused by “conversion,” by someone in lawful possession of a vehicle does not apply to a truck tractor badly damaged by fire, a Supreme Court of British Columbia judge

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Court denies replacement value coverage on fire claim after owners plan to build larger structure on same Ottawa site

December 20, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

In a fire insurance claim, the courts recognize that “the need to rebuild premises which more closely resembled the original” is critical in triggering coverage for replacement value rather than actual cash value, Dutton Brock LLP suggested in a bulletin

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ICBC must cover claimant injured while riding ATV down ramp of pickup truck: Court

September 1, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

A British Columbia court recently ruled against the province’s government-run auto insurer when it found that a man who suffered a spinal injury while moving his all-terrain vehicle from his pickup truck is entitled to accident benefits. Section 96(b)(i) of

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Double Duty

August 1, 2016 Hollis Bromley, Partner, Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP

A recent ruling out of British Columbia reviewed the duty to defend in the context of forced labour and slavery allegations. The case addresses a number of weighty coverage considerations, including the “mere possibility” test and derivative pleadings.