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Tuesday, March 05, 2019 @ 9:41 AM

Company had to prove harm in unveiling of confidential info, says lawyer of insurance dispute

A litigating party using a confidentiality agreement to keep a document secret must “lead evidence” that its disclosure would harm them more than it would benefit court proceedings, says a lawyer of a recent ruling that a report be divulged in an insurance dispute. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 1:37 PM

Insurance coverage for designated driver services Carbottle

A recent article brought to light an allegedly unfair result after a driver employed by a designated driver service caused damage to an owner’s vehicle. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 10:27 AM

Ex-AG alleges PM, senior officials tried to ‘politically interfere’ in SNC case; Trudeau ‘completely disagrees’ Jody Wilson-Raybould

In an accusation strenuously denied by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Jody Wilson-Raybould alleged that before he removed her as attorney general of Canada last month, she and her then-chief of staff experienced sustained “very inappropriate” political interference and escalating “extraordinary” pressure from senior government officials, including the prime minister and Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick, to reverse her decision last fall not to shelve the criminal bribery prosecution of Montreal-based construction giant SNC-Lavalin in favour of a negotiated deferred prosecution agreement (DPA). ... [read more]

Monday, February 25, 2019 @ 10:37 AM

AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE - Compulsory government schemes

Appeal by the defendant from a decision of a motion judge determining that the respondent’s CPP disability benefits were not deductible from any future loss of income or loss of earning capacity award pursuant to s. 113A of the Insurance Act. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 9:51 AM

How climate change affects insurance smokyfactory

Climate change is real and it is costing insurers a pretty penny. According to an annual report by Swiss Re., the total 2018 global insured losses from natural disasters was estimated to be US$71 billion. This was well above the 10-year average of US$63 billion but 50 per cent lower than 2017 which saw approximately US$143 billion in insured losses. This decline was due in large part to the three major hurricanes that rocked the insurance industry in 2017. ... [read more]

Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 9:32 AM

DLA Piper adds litigator as counsel in Calgary office

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP announced that Katrina Edgerton-McGhan has joined the firm’s Calgary office as counsel in the litigation, arbitration and investigations group. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 14, 2019 @ 1:06 PM

B.C. trial lawyers raise concerns about auto insurance settlement policy Ron Nairne, president, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia (TLABC)

The Trial Lawyers Association of B.C. (TLABC) is raising concerns the case settlement policy of the provincially owned auto insurer will lead to an increase in the number of trials and hamper people’s ability to receive proper settlements for their claims. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 14, 2019 @ 9:25 AM

B.C. legal community questions changes to ICBC policy limiting number of expert witnesses Scott Stanley, Murphy Battista LLP

The B.C. government is moving to change court rules to limit the number of expert witnesses in motor vehicle cases, but the move is being condemned by some in the legal community, who say it will restrict the rights of individual British Columbians. The amendments to the B.C. Supreme Court Civil Rules Regulation, revealed Feb. 11, will limit the number of experts and expert reports permitted to address the issue of damages, such as wage loss, future wage loss and future care that can be used by each side of a motor vehicle dispute. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 9:44 AM

Deadline nears for input into Ontario auto insurance review ambulancecarcrash

On Jan. 9, 2019, the Ontario Ministry of Finance in a news release titled “Reforming Auto Insurance for the People” announced it was reviewing auto insurance so as to “make auto insurance more affordable.” Consumers and insurers were invited to share their views here, something I encourage everyone to do. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE - Accident benefits - Definitions

Appeal by the insurer from a decision dismissing its summary trial application to dismiss the respondent’s action for damages for personal injuries sustained when an unidentified vehicle struck him while on the sandbar. ... [read more]