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Tuesday, July 30, 2019 @ 12:56 PM

Langlois adds insurance law associate

Langlois lawyers announced the addition of associate lawyer Laurie Lacasse to its insurance law team in Montreal. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 @ 11:35 AM

Engaging in illegal cannabis activity may void right to indemnity Cannabis in house

While the possession, distribution and use of cannabis have generally been legalized in Canada, many cannabis-related activities remain forbidden depending on the provincial jurisdiction. These prohibitions can have a significant impact on exclusion clauses relating to illegal activities. In particular, policyholders who engage in such activities may forfeit their right to insurance indemnity. ... [read more]

Monday, July 29, 2019 @ 2:05 PM

Power of framing, illusory truths in everyday legal practice twoheadsteal

This is the second part of a three-part series discussing how cognitive biases and heuristics can affect everyday legal practice. Part one discussed the well-known concept of anchoring. This second part discusses two further concepts: “framing” and the “illusory truth effect.” These concepts are particularly relevant to effective advocacy. ... [read more]

Monday, July 29, 2019 @ 11:10 AM

Adverse costs insurance a compensable disbursement Businessman falling on money

Over the past 10 years, adverse costs insurance has become more prevalent in Ontario, particularly in the field of personal injury law. Adverse costs insurance, commonly referred to as “after the event insurance,” provides insurance if a party’s legal action fails and the party is ordered to pay costs to the other side of the litigation. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 25, 2019 @ 8:37 AM

M&A risk insurance becoming the new normal risk_insurance_sm

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) can be a double-edged sword. When done right, M&A can allow acquirers to scale their businesses and create value through synergies. When done poorly, M&A can result in drastic overpayments for assets that are not nearly as valuable as believed and for economies of scale that are very difficult to achieve. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 @ 8:38 AM


Appeal by the insurer from a trial decision finding that the appellant was notified of a potential claim against the respondents during the policy period and was thus required to defend them. ... [read more]

Monday, July 22, 2019 @ 11:49 AM

Evolution of bad faith claims in Canada House on fire

The notion of what is deemed to be appropriate conduct in the context of insurance claims has been refined by repeated challenges in Canadian courts. Over the years, insurers have faced bad faith allegations for various types of conduct in handling their respective insured’s claims, which can impact them not only by way of punitive damages but can also tarnish their reputations by the negative publicity surrounding such actions. ... [read more]

Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 2:10 PM

Disability benefits can continue after employment Woman in wheelchair

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that a plaintiff can still be entitled to long term disability (LTD) benefits even though the plaintiff was no longer employed at the time the application was submitted. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 2:21 PM

Langlois adds pair of lawyers to Montreal office

Langlois lawyers announced that Philippe Bélisle has joined the firm’s labour and employment group and Marie Dupuis is the newest member of the insurance group. Both lawyers will work from the Montreal office. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 @ 2:26 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 10:08 AM

LSO debate on Statement of Principles pushed back till September 11 Malcolm Mercer sm

The debate on the Statement of Principles (SOP), which was supposed to continue at a special Convocation in July, won’t be before the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) until September, The Lawyer’s Daily has learned. ... [read more]