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When ‘residence employee’ is key in home insurance wording

June 3, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A coverage dispute, arising from severe electric shock injuries to a baby in a rented house, shows disagreement over the exact meaning of “residence employee” in a home insurance policy. Doris Wong and her brother Johnny Wong were sued in

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Terrorism is changing. How coverage is following suit

June 3, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

As the terrorism threat shifts from large-scale attacks to softer targets, coverage options from insurance carriers are evolving as well. Some policies cover incidents when an attacker uses a gun, knife or acid for example, Tarique Nageer, Marsh LLC’s terrorism

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Don’t count on self-driving cars being just around the corner

May 29, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If you are led to believe most of your clients will get around in self-driving cars within a decade, you might want to think again. “Autonomous vehicles will likely not be on our roads for at least another 25-30 years,

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New COO, EVP for Totten

May 28, 2019 by Jason Contant

Paul Meinschenk has joined managing general agency (MGA) Totten Insurance Group as chief operating officer and executive vice president, effective May 31. With 18 years of experience in the insurance industry, Meinschenk was mostly recently vice president of sales and

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This ‘leading practitioner’ in insurance law is now a judge

May 27, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

CORRECTION NOTICE: In an earlier version of this story, Glen L.C. Noel was incorrectly identified as a lawyer representing Lloyd’s in Lawlor v. Royal. In fact, Noel represented Mary Lawlor in that case. Canadian Underwriter regrets the error. Glen L.C.

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Why off-road vehicles could get more mileage in Ontario

May 27, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If you insure off-road vehicles in Ontario, some of those machines could soon be driven more frequently on the road. Bill 107, which would ease restrictions on driving off-road vehicles on municipal roads, passed second reading and was referred Tuesday

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Paid 3 Ways Small Businesses Can Stay Compliant Under Federal Privacy Laws

May 27, 2019 David Smagata, DAS

How can small businesses stay compliant under PIPEDA? The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has published various online resources for both individuals and businesses to help better understand their obligations under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Document

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Aviva loses $7-million coverage dispute over sexual abuse liability

May 23, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Canada’s top court said today it will not hear an appeal from Aviva Canada of a ruling in favour of a New Brunswick church diocese. L’Évêque catholique romain de Bathurst, a diocese that oversees Roman Catholic parishes in the northeastern

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Bartenders’ liability for impaired driving accidents – civil versus criminal

May 22, 2019 Paola Loriggio - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Legal experts say criminal charges like those laid against a former bar server in connection with a drunk-driving crash that killed two Ottawa-area teens are rare and difficult to prove. Ann Senack, 62, of Greater Madawaska Township, was charged in

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Why liability and reputational risk is changing

May 15, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Technology is making it easier for consumers and businesses to move money, but it can also create new liability risks, fraud experts warned Tuesday. “Financial institutions really have to think about their position on liability,” said Jas Anand, senior manager

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How ride-sharing insurance on leased vehicles will change in this province

May 13, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Limiting financial risk to firms that lease out vehicles used for ride sharing is one aim of legislation before Ontario law makers. Right now, the Insurance Act has limits on lessors’ vicarious liability but it “does not account for the

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How Fairfax’s Allied World acquisition is working out

May 10, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Old medical malpractice claims with Allied World Assurance Company are still affecting the bottom line of Canada’s Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., which bought the majority of Allied World nearly two years ago. With a combined ratio of 102.3%, Zug, Switzerland-based