Intellectual property agreements are personal contracts

09. March 2021 0
Insurance law – Errors and omissions policies – Duty to defend – Named insured – Employee – Interpretation of policy – Contra proferentum rule – Defamation – Damages – Punitive damages Brown v. Sovereign General Insurance Co., [2021] O.J. No. 297, 2021 ONSC 511, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, January 21, 2021, P.M. Perell J. ...

Duty to defend cannot rest on a generic prayer for relief

13. October 2020 0
Insurer had no duty to defend a counterclaim which did not seek compensatory damages Insurance law – Errors and omissions policies – Coverage – Duty to defend – Damages – Insurer – Rights, duties and liabilities Roumann Consulting Inc. v. Aviva Insurance Co. of Canada, [2020] O.J. No. 2416, 2020 ONSC 3387, Ontario Superior Court ...

Don’t keep your grow-op a secret from your home insurer

Insurance law – Homeowner’s insurance – Void policy – Material change in risk – Practice – Appeals Schellenberg v. Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Co., [2020] B.C.J. No. 72, 2020 BCCA 22, British Columbia Court of Appeal, January 22, 2020, M.V. Newbury, G.B. Butler and P. Abrioux JJ.A. An outbuilding located on a property owned by the ...

No limits on mitigation of loss coverage

Insurance law – Liability insurance – Errors and omissions policy – Coverage – Limit on liability – Interpretation of policy – Practice – Summary judgments Surespan Structures Ltd. v. Lloyds Underwriters, [2020] B.C.J. No. 33, 2020 BCSC 27, British Columbia Supreme Court, January 10, 2020, W.K. Branch J. A professional liability policy insuring a construction ...

Title insurance did not cover costs to repair new home with severe water leakage problems later subject to a remediation order

Insurance law – Homeowner’s insurance – Title insurance – Water damage – Remediation – Interpretation of policy – Practice – Summary judgments Steer v. Chicago Title Insurance Co., [2019] A.J. No. 565, 2019 ABQB 318, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, May 6, 2019, M.H. Hollins J. The plaintiffs purchased a newly built duplex and discovered severe ...

Automobile insurer’s denial of coverage on the basis that the insured failed to attend a medical examination was upheld on appeal

09. April 2019 0
Insurance law – Automobile insurance – Independent medical examination – Terms of policy – Breach of policy – Practice – Leave to appeal Greenidge v. Allstate Insurance Co., [2019] A.J. No. 151, 2019 ABCA 52, Alberta Court of Appeal, February 8, 2019, P.T. Costigan, F.L. Schutz and M.G. Crighton JJ.A. The insured appealed the lower ...