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Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 3:03 PM

B.C. Court of Appeal relies on liability framework from past ruling in car crash case

In reapportioning liability in a motor vehicle accident 12 years ago, the British Columbia Court of Appeal reached back to one of its previous rulings that established a framework for assessing liability under provisions of the province’s Motor Vehicle Act (MVA). ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 1:17 PM

Insurance regulator’s priorities for life insurers in Ontario Hand touching checkmark

In its Market Conduct Report, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario, the regulator in Ontario for insurance agents and insurers, has identified two key areas of assessment of life and health insurers licensed in Ontario for 2020-2021. ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 2:43 PM

Bill 41 introduced as Alberta considers new auto insurance regime Car with insurance form

Bill 41, the Insurance (Enhancing Driver Affordability and Care) Amendment Act, 2020, was introduced by the Alberta government on Oct. 29 to bring reforms to the auto insurance industry in the province. The proposed changes are being presented to Albertans as a way to contain costs, stabilize premiums and increase medical benefits. ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 9:27 AM

Mixed reaction as Alberta government panel recommends pure no-fault auto insurance Maia Tomljanovic, Cuming & Gillespie

A government-appointed panel is recommending Alberta implement a pure no-fault automobile insurance system, but the province is promising to consult with the public on what it characterizes as a transformational change. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 12:40 PM

Why paralegals are force behind innovation in law firms paralegals_sm

Paralegals are already a vital resource to law firms, but with the onslaught of tools on the market that help automate the more mundane and repetitive parts of their work, they are about to become much more valuable. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 4:28 PM

Conflict brewing over whether business interruption insurance can cover pandemic-related losses Tony Vecchio, Slater Vecchio

The COVID-19 pandemic forced many small businesses to shut their doors or significantly scale back their operations, which for most has meant a loss of income. But a fight is beginning to emerge over whether those businesses will be able to receive coverage under their insurance policies to cover the losses they have endured since March. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 11:42 AM

Ontario Court of Appeal addresses insurance provision applicable to additional insureds Transformers

The Ontario Court of Appeal (the court) in Sky Clean Energy Ltd. v. Economical Mutual Insurance Company 2020 ONCA 558, recently addressed the availability of insurance coverage to an additional insured. The appellant in this case was the project owner (the owner), a developer of solar energy projects. The contractor was an electrical company. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 6:21 AM

HEALTH INSURANCE, GOVERNMENT - Provision of coverage for temporarily absent insured persons

Application by the Canadian Snowbird Association and Slack for judicial review seeking a declaration that Regulation 259 was ultra vires the Lieutenant Governor in Council of Ontario. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 6:30 AM

AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE - Compulsory government schemes - Claims against parties unknown

Appeal by ICBC from a judgment finding the defendant, Vanstone, vicariously liable for a collision involving the plaintiff, Megaro. Vanstone owned a vehicle that collided with the plaintiff’s vehicle. ... [read more]

Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 3:19 PM

Lawyers hope long-term care legal actions will continue, despite pending Ontario legislation Pinta Maguire

Some class actions and lawsuits alleging negligence by Ontario long-term care facilities in the deaths of more than 2,000 residents and patients from COVID-19 could effectively be wiped out by legislation proposed by the Ontario government, says an expert on class actions. But two lawyers involved believe their legal actions could withstand the immunity law. ... [read more]