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Monday, September 09, 2019 @ 11:47 AM

Ontario drivers get green light for electronic proof of auto insurance Woman holding cellphone

As of Sept. 5, Ontario has become the fourth jurisdiction in Canada to approve the use of electronic proof of auto insurance, allowing drivers to display their auto insurance card on their mobile devices. The approval, granted by the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario and announced by Minister of Finance Rod Phillips, gives consumers a convenient alternative to the paper “pink card” version. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 05, 2019 @ 11:45 AM

SCC alumni’s role in legal controversies sparks new debate over ex-judges’ return to practice Amy Salyzyn

Is it in the public interest for former Supreme Court of Canada justices to be allowed to provide legal services to governments or other well-heeled clients facing public controversies that could arguably blow back on the reputations of the ex-judges’ former courts or otherwise harm public confidence in the judiciary? ... [read more]

Thursday, September 05, 2019 @ 8:50 AM

THE INSURANCE CONTRACT - Coverage provisions and exclusion clauses

Appeal by the plaintiff from trial judgment dismissing her action for indemnification as statute barred and refusing to grant her relief from forfeiture and from the order requiring her to pay costs of $175,000 to the insurer and $115,000 to the broker. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 03, 2019 @ 12:14 PM

Five new associates at Harper Grey LLP

Five new associates have joined the ranks of Harper Grey LLP. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 03, 2019 @ 11:42 AM

Regulators, auto insurers (slowly) rolling us into more efficient future Hand holding cellphone

Following in the now dusty footsteps of Nova Scotia, electronic proof of auto insurance (EPAI) has been approved for use in two additional Canadian jurisdictions this summer: Newfoundland and Labrador and, most recently, Alberta. In comparison, EPAI has already been approved for use in 94 per cent of all states in the U.S. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 29, 2019 @ 1:52 PM

Three associates join Dutton Brock

Dutton Brock LLP announced that former articling students Jennifer Duff, Caroline Gaikis and Rafaella Rullo have joined the Toronto insurance litigation firm as associates. ... [read more]

Friday, August 23, 2019 @ 8:40 AM

Number of civil claims related to financial products rising fast financial_products_sm

We have seen the proliferation of civil claims in respect of financial products in Canada in recent years. These claims have involved different types of widely available investment funds, such as mutual funds, as well as more targeted tax minimization strategies and alternative investment strategies. Plaintiffs’ lawyers are being creative in devising new claims against financial product design, product operation and product sales and compensation. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 @ 12:17 PM

Negligent parenting allegation does not trigger auto insurance coverage, court rules

An Ontario court has struck a “mortal blow” to negligent parenting allegations being used in auto insurance claims where there is no link to operation of the vehicle, says a lawyer. The Aug. 14 Ontario Appeal Court decision in Hunt v. Peel Mutual Insurance Company 2019 ONCA 656 involves an appellant’s unsuccessful attempt to have his girlfriend’s insurance company defend him against a lawsuit by his daughter ... [read more]

Monday, August 19, 2019 @ 9:55 AM

New insurance associate for Blaney McMurtry

Blaney McMurtry announced that Lydia Yu has joined the firm. ... [read more]

Friday, August 16, 2019 @ 8:33 AM

Structured settlements: Hopes and dreams or real and certain | Julius Melnitzer

Personal injury lawyers should examine the feasibility of structured settlements (a settlement paid out as an annuity, not all in one lump sum) more closely in today’s low interest environment, a veteran plaintiff’s counsel maintains. ... [read more]