Insurance law


  • LSO determines disbarred lawyer is of good character

    LSO determines disbarred lawyer is of good character

    Mar 5, 2018

    A Law Society of Ontario tribunal has opened the door for a former lawyer to practise law again after he was disbarred for assisting in $2.8 million worth of fraudulent real estate transactions.

  • Post-Hryniak pushback

    Mar 5, 2018

    When the Supreme Court of Canada delivered its landmark judgment in Hryniak v. Mauldin in 2014, it marked a massive shift in the way civil litigation was approached.

  • Municipal maintenance standards clarified

    Municipal maintenance standards clarified

    Jan 8, 2018

    A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision has given clarity to the case law surrounding minimum maintenance standards that municipalities are liable for in the province, particularly smaller jurisdictions that don’t have the resources to maintain around-the-clock road clearing in inclement weather.

  • Blow struck against waivers?

    Blow struck against waivers?

    Jan 8, 2018

    A recent summary judgment decision in Ontario dismissed an attempt by a college police foundations course to absolve itself from responsibility when a student was injured after they signed a consent form.

  • Ontario clarifies rules around additional insureds

    Ontario clarifies rules around additional insureds

    Jan 8, 2018

    Until recently, case law around additional insureds was vague in Ontario, but recent court decisions have been offering clarity as to what a contractor’s coverage is liable for when it comes to who they must defend and indemnify when working for a commercial establishment.

  • MVA threshold changes harder for plaintiffs?

    MVA threshold changes harder for plaintiffs?

    Jan 8, 2018

    Recent changes to the threshold for motor vehicle accident claims are changing the landscape that can put parties at a disadvantage when it comes to trying to settle cases.

  • Legal expenses insurance assists with access to justice

    Legal expenses insurance assists with access to justice

    Nov 13, 2017

    The legal profession should renew its focus on legal expenses insurance as the product slowly but steadily gains traction in Canada, says the former head of the Canadian Bar Association’s access to justice committee. John Sims headed the committee in late 2013 when the CBA announced its aim to have 75 per cent of middle-income Canadians covered by legal insurance by 2030.

  • Ontario court finds disability claim was time-barred

    Ontario court finds disability claim was time-barred

    Nov 13, 2017

    Ontario lawmakers should force insurers to notify claimants of the limitation period to challenge denials after the province’s appeal court ruled companies that fail to provide such a warning do not breach their duty of good faith to customers, according to a Kitchener, Ont. personal injury lawyer.

  • Insurer ordered to pay plaintiffs’ entire legal bill

    Insurer ordered to pay plaintiffs’ entire legal bill

    Nov 13, 2017

    A Toronto lawyer says insurers should factor in the risk of additional expenses when denying coverage after a judge awarded two plaintiffs full indemnity costs following their success in court.

  • Expect more Charter challenges in benefit disputes

    Expect more Charter challenges in benefit disputes

    Nov 13, 2017

    The provincial attorney general’s failure to defend the constitutionality of its Minor Injury Guideline has helped open the floodgates to Charter challenges in accident benefit disputes, says a Toronto insurance lawyer.

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