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Wednesday, August 07, 2019 @ 8:04 AM

INSURERS - Duty to defend

Appeal by the insurer from an order that it had a duty to defend the respondents, and from an award of special costs. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 06, 2019 @ 10:50 AM

Two new insurance associates for Blaney McMurtry

Blaney McMurtry announced that Lucas Kittmer and Maria Christodoulou have joined the firm as associates. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 01, 2019 @ 11:51 AM

Change needed to laws on mining disaster cleanup: B.C. First Nations group

An organization representing First Nations in British Columbia’s natural resources sector is calling for the provincial government to beef up its laws to ensure mining companies contribute financially to the cleanup of environmental disasters. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 @ 9:58 AM

Evolution of bad faith claims in Canada: Key case law since Whiten Car crash

The most common conduct of insurers that is subject to bad faith claims is the type of conduct at issue in two significant British Columbia cases. In 2011, in Sidhu v. The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Co. 2011 BCSC 1117 the British Columbia Supreme Court awarded $50,000 in punitive damages against the insurer for bad faith conduct. ... [read more]

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]