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Intact’s take on UK business interruption test case

March 9, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A recent British court ruling on business interruption does not change the economics of Intact Financial Corp.’s agreement to acquire a large part of London-based RSA, a senior Intact official confirmed Tuesday. In 2020, the Financial Conduct Authority brought eight

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One big lesson from pandemic business interruption coverage disputes

February 2, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The industry could do a better job of explaining to commercial clients exactly what business interruption insurance actually covers, A.M. Best Company Inc. suggests in a report released Monday. “Disputes over BI cover are unfavourable for the reputation of affected

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Six reasons why commercial prices will probably continue rising

January 25, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Don’t expect a soft market for your commercial clients any time soon, executives with The Travelers Companies Inc. warn. Rates on renewal for business insurance were up 8.4% while rates in bond and specialty insurance increased by 12%, Travelers said

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Impeding, hindering or preventing: Do these mean the same thing in business interruption insurance?

January 6, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Say your client has a policy covering business interruption if the government prevents access to the premises. A pandemic breaks out. Say that client is not completely prohibited from conducting business, but is still losing sales because the government is

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The difference between pandemic BI coverage and pushing a bus off a cliff

January 5, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial clients who bought insurance covering a disease outbreak within 25 miles of their premises did not buy coverage for business interruption from a pandemic on a national scale, insurance company lawyers are telling the United Kingdom Supreme Court. Worldwide,

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Britain’s regulator challenges ruling in favour of insurers over pandemic BI coverage

January 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The appearance of the word “event” in a “disease radius” clause in business interruption insurance contract could be instrumental in determining whether the client is covered during a pandemic. In a ruling released Sept. 15, the High Court of England

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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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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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How business interruption verdict impacts trends clauses

September 30, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If your clients are looking for business interruption coverage arising from the pandemic, a key question is whether there is a “trends clause” in their policy. “In policies with trends clauses, the calculation of loss of business income must take

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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

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Will the U.K. decision in a test BI case matter to Canada? Intact and ratings agencies weigh in.

September 17, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The verdict in the British Financial Conduct Authority’s business interruption test case could have an impact outside of Britain, one credit rating agency warns, but Canada’s largest carrier appears to be largely unaffected. The vast majority of Intact Financial Corp.’s