Limitation period in SEF Family Protection Endorsement does not commence until final judgment or settlement of underlying claim

Insurance law – Automobile insurance – Limitation of actions – Running of limitation period – Statutory provisions – Duties and liabilities of insurer – Duties and liabilities of insured Nebozuk v. Northbridge General Insurance Corp., [2022] A.J. No. 375, 2022 ABQB 212, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, March 17, 2022, B. Summers J. The insured ...

Failure to submit formal application for Long Term Disability under policy amounts to imperfect compliance rather than non-compliance and thus plaintiff’s was entitled to relief from forfeiture

24. January 2022 0
Insurance law – Life insurance – Imperfect compliance vs. non-compliance with policy – Relief against forfeiture – Practice – Summary judgments Smith v. Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada, [2021] O.J. No. 6137, 2021 ONSC 7109, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, November 1, 2021, J.F. Diamond J. The insured alleged he was disabled due to ...

Insurer’s statutory right to an examination under oath authorizes an insurer to obtain information relevant to assessing its contractual obligations; it is not intended to permit insurers to embark on fishing expeditions or “take blind shots in the dark.”

24. January 2022 0
Insurance law – Automobile insurance – Statutory provisions – Documentary production – Rights and duties of insured – Rights and duties of insurer Aviva Insurance Co. of Canada v. Ebhodaghe, [2021] O.J. No. 6231, 2021 ONSC 7343, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, November 4, 2021, J. Di Luca J. The insured made a claim against ...

Court of Appeal finds ordinary meaning of “sudden and accidental” in insurance policy to be something that was “abrupt, unexpected and unintentional” and not bound by temporal constraints

10. August 2021 0
Insurance law – Property insurance – Remediation – Exclusions – Interpretation of policy – Practice – Appeals Zurich Insurance Co. v. Halifax (Regional Municipality), [2021] N.S.J. No. 240, 2021 NSCA 43, Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, June 3, 2021, M.J. Wood C.J.N.S., P. Bryson and A.S. Derrick JJ.A. The Halifax Regional Municipality discovered hydrocarbon contamination ...

Punitive damages not necessary where fraudsters sufficiently punished by damages and costs awards

09. March 2021 0
Insurance law – Automobile insurance – Fraud – Benefits – Actions – Intentional torts – Practice – Summary judgments – Damages – Punitive damages Traders General Insurance Co. v. Kayes, [2020] O.J. No. 4261, 2020 ONSC 5991, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, October 2, 2020, J. Stribopoulos J. The insurer brought claims against numerous defendants ...

Court refuses to enforce binding settlement because of misapprehension partially caused by pandemic changes to business practices

09. March 2021 0
Insurance law – Practice – Settlement of action – Releases – Discretion of court Wannan v. Hutchison, [2020] B.C.J. No. 1306, 2020 BCSC 1233, British Columbia Supreme Court, August 19, 2020, C. Murray J. The plaintiff sued the defendant for damages for injury and loss she alleged she suffered as a result of  naturopathic treatments ...

Duty to defend arising where French version of policy found to provide broader coverage than English version

08. December 2020 0
Insurance law – Homeowner’s insurance – Interpretation of policy – Exclusions – Duty to defend – Practice – Leave to appeal Chiasson v. Intact Insurance Co., [2020] N.B.J. No. 112, 2020 NBCA 37, New Brunswick Court of Appeal, June 4, 2020, J.C.M. Richard C.J.N.B., K.A. Quigg and C.A. LeBlond JJ.A. The insurer issued a Homeowners ...

Truck drivers and the troubling risk of underinsured motorists

10. December 2019 0
The conditions of the Ontario Automobile Policy applied such that the insured did not have the benefit of any underinsured coverage on his personal vehicle when he was injured on the job with his commercial truck. Insurance law – Automobile insurance – Fleet insurance – Underinsured motorist – Statutory provisions – Exclusions – Practice – Summary ...

LTD plan administrator liable for breach of duty of good faith and aggravated damages: Court makes highest award to date for aggravated damages in this context ($50,000)

10. December 2019 0
The insured was awarded significant aggravated damages as well as substantial punitive damages because of an egregious breach of the duty of good faith by his disability plan’s administrator. Insurance law – Disability insurance – Long-term disability – Jurisdiction of court – Breach of policy – Bad faith – Damages – Aggravated damages – Punitive ...