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Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ 01:28 PM

Stewart McKelvey adds three new associates

East coast law firm Stewart McKelvey has added three new associates. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ 08:49 AM

Slip and falls: technology putting more science into friction Slip and falls

The litigation of slip and fall claims in Ontario is changing with the advance of technology. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 @ 01:28 PM

Estates and trusts lawyer Dykema is new chair of STEP Atlantic

Sarah Dykema, an estates and trusts lawyer in the Halifax office of McInnes Cooper was recently named chair of STEP Atlantic. As chair, an appointment that runs for two years, she has also been appointed to the board of directors of STEP Canada. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 @ 01:27 PM

Langlois adds associate to litigation, insurance law group

Katherine Loranger has joined Langlois lawyers litigation and insurance law team as an associate in the firm’s Montreal office. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 @ 09:28 AM

AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE - Statutory conditions - Uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage

Appeal by Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada (Royal) from the dismissal of its application for a declaration that Wilson was fully insured by Intact Insurance Company (Intact), such that Intact had a duty to defend her against a claim by Rita and Cathy MacLeod arising from a motor vehicle accident. Wilson and her husband attended their insurer, Intact, after Wilson’s license was suspended for unpaid fines. Wilson signed an Excluded Driver Endorsement (EDE) so that her husband could maintain Intact auto insurance coverage on the car. The trial judge found that when Wilson completed the EDE, she understood that even if her licence were to be reinstated, Intact would not insure her and the EDE would continue to apply. However, once Wilson’s licence was reinstated, she decided to drive the vehicle and was involved in an accident in which the MacLeods were injured. The Macleods’ uninsured motor vehicle carrier, Royal, in the context of the personal injury action against Wilson, brought a motion to obtain a declaration that Wilson was fully insured by Intact. Intact, relying on the EDE, took the position that there was no coverage and Wilson was uninsured. The application judge determined that the EDE was in full force and effect at the time of the accident, such that Intact had no duty to defend or indemnify Wilson in respect of the accident. Royal appealed. The main question in the appeal was whether an endorsement of an automobile insurance policy that excluded coverage for a named driver was valid even though its form was not that pre-approved by the Superintendent of Financial Services, as required by s. 227(1) of the Insurance Act (Act). ... [read more]

Monday, June 12, 2017 @ 10:36 AM

SELF-GOVERNING PROFESSIONS - Professional liability insurance - Professions - Health care - Psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists

Appeal by SS and MS from a decision in which the court held that the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) was not liable to indemnify its member, Dr. KAA, for a judgment debt in the appellants' favour. SS was a patient of Dr. KAA, a psychiatrist. The appellants commenced an action against Dr. KAA in 2000, claiming that he put SS on a debilitating course of medication, gave professional advice that undermined their marriage, and engaged in oral and sexual intercourse with SS. Subsequently, SS experienced depression and suffered injuries from a suicide attempt. The appellants obtained a default judgment against Dr. KAA, who had left the jurisdiction, preventing the appellants from enforcing their judgment. They consequently sought to have the CMPA held liable to indemnify its member and by extension, the appellants. The judge held that the CMPA was not an insurer, but rather a mutual defence association for physicians. She held that the essential components of an insurance contract were not present in the relationship between the CMPA and its members. She found that the assistance the CMPA provided to its members was discretionary, and that it would not as a rule provide assistance to a member who had committed a criminal act, such as sexual assault. She dismissed the appellants' claim because Dr. KAA never sought assistance from the CMPA in relation to the claim and because the judgment the appellants obtained against Dr. KAA was focused on the impact of the sexual abuse on SS. ... [read more]

Friday, June 09, 2017 @ 10:44 AM

Cox & Palmer partner picked to lead defence lawyers group

 Jade Spalding, a partner in Cox & Palmer's Fredericton office, has been selected as president of Canadian Defence Lawyers for 2017-18. ... [read more]

Friday, June 09, 2017 @ 09:05 AM

Don’t get the retirement age wrong in personal injury claims Golden eggs

The selection of a retirement age is generally a key assumption in the quantification of personal injury claims. When an employee participates in a defined benefit pension plan, it is often assumed that the most appropriate retirement age is when the employee is eligible for an unreduced pension. An unreduced pension is often described as a full pension, thereby suggesting that a rational employee will choose to retire when they have maximized their pension. However, an “unreduced pension” and a “full pension” are not one and the same. ... [read more]

Monday, June 05, 2017 @ 08:40 AM

Litigating pediatric brain injuries takes a multidisciplinary team

Litigating a traumatic brain injury presents diverse medico-legal challenges that require harmony between an individual’s health care team and their legal team. In cases involving children, these challenges become even more complex. ... [read more]

Friday, June 02, 2017 @ 09:09 AM

Appeal decision shines light on life insurance, Succession Law Reform Act

The recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal in Dagg v. Cameron Estate, 2017 ONCA 366 contains important lessons for family and estates lawyers, mediators and financial advisers.   ... [read more]