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Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 9:41 AM

Regulation, insurance — even litigation — in today's growing sharing economy

The growth of Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, VRBO and other ride-sharing or home-sharing platforms raises important questions about regulation and insurance. Existing regulations and traditional insurance products may not cover the “part-time” commercial activities offered by these platforms and, even where insurance coverage exists, it may be limited. ... [read more]

Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 11:13 AM

Autonomous vehicles to become great disruptor for personal injury lawyers Autonomous vehicles

With the number of car accidents expected to fall dramatically when self-driving vehicles become a part of life in Canada — even accounting for computer glitches and hacking — it follows that personal injury lawyers need to prepare for a sharp drop in business. ... [read more]

Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 10:22 AM

Courts have laid strong foundation against recovering ATE insurance premiums Money

During settlement negotiations or at the end of trial, a successful plaintiff will expect to recover from the defendant some or all of the costs incurred in pursuing a claim. As defence counsel, it is necessary to consider whether all costs claimed by the plaintiff are truly recoverable disbursements. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 02, 2017 @ 1:19 PM

Litigation financing firm opens Canadian offices

A London, U.K.-based broker that arranges litigation finance as well as litigation risk-sharing insurance is now working out of Toronto and Vancouver. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 02, 2017 @ 9:56 AM

Prevalence of cyberscams brings need for proper insurance coverage to the forefront Cyberfraud

Earlier this year, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, in The Brick Warehouse LP v. Chubb Insurance Company of Canada, released the first Canadian decision to grapple with how insurance coverage should respond to social engineering fraud. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 8:42 AM

THE INSURANCE CONTRACT - Interpretation - Coverage provisions and exclusion clauses

Appeal by the petitioner, Coast Capital Savings Credit Union, from an order refusing to find an indemnity obligation owed by the respondents, the Liberty Mutual insurers. ... [read more]

Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 9:50 AM

Autonomous vehicles will change driving, insurance landscapes in Canada Autonomous vehicles

Autonomous vehicles, also known as self-driving vehicles, are a reality and Canada has much to do to prepare for their arrival. All levels of government must start exploring the impact AVs will have on our roads, on the insurance industry and on citizens’ privacy. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 2:14 PM

Scam targeting lawyers highlights need for cyber insurance Dan Pinnington

A recent fraud alert issued by the Alberta Lawyers Insurance Association (ALIA) is serving as a reminder to the legal community that lawyers are targets for scams. It’s also acting as a wake-up call for lawyers to ensure their cyber insurance coverage is adequate for their needs. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 12:02 PM

The Ontario Court of Appeal’s journey to clarity on the appropriateness factor

A recent decision helps clarify how to assess when the appropriateness factor delays the start of the two-year limitation period. The case, Pepper v Sanmina-SCI Systems, 2017 ONCA 730, concerned a claim for long-term disability benefits, but it should be of interest to any practitioners who need to assess when the limitations clock starts in Ontario. ... [read more]

Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 12:44 PM

B.C. Court of Appeal ruling clarifies family member exclusions in insurance cases Christopher Rhone, Branch MacMaster LLP

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has offered clarification in the concept of family member exclusions in homeowner insurance policies, a ruling the lawyer for the insurance company says creates “consistency and predictability” for insurers. ... [read more]