Insured not entitled to long-term disability benefits under an insurance policy held by former employer

The plaintiff was not entitled to long-term disability benefits under an insurance policy held by his former employer because the plaintiff did not make his claim until after his employment ceased. MacIvor v. Pitney Bowes Inc., [2017] O.J. No. 1161, 2017 ONSC 1550, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, March 7, 2017, A. Pollak J. On April 16, 2005, the plaintiff ...

BCSC exercises its discretion to award costs on a full indemnity basis in LTD insurance dispute

14. March 2017 0
The plaintiff insured was awarded solicitor-client costs against the defendant disability insurer. Insurance law – Disability insurance – Long term disability – Terms of policy – Rights and duties of insured; Costs – Special or increased costs; Third party action Tanious v. Empire Life Insurance Co., [2017] B.C.J. No. 85, 2017 BCSC 85, British Columbia Supreme Court, January 19, ...

Insurer has duty to defend in pollution exclusion claim

14. March 2017 0
Because the pleading did not allege sufficient facts about how the pollution escaped from the insured’s underground storage tanks, there was a possibility that the claim fell within the exception to the pollution exclusion clause and the insurer had a duty to defend the insured. Insurance law – Commercial general liability insurance – Umbrella policies ...

Canada Pension Plan disability payments are not income for the purposed of survivor benefits calculations

19. September 2016 0
The appeal of a decision finding that Canada Pension Plan disability payments are not to be considered as income for the calculation of motor vehicle accident survivor benefits was dismissed. Holtby-York v. Saskatchewan Government Insurance, , [2016] S.J. No. 412, 2016 SKCA 95, August 3, 2016, R.G. Richards C.J.S., R.K. Ottenbreit and J.A. Ryan-Froslie JJ.A. ...

Insurer could not prove material misrepresentation due to lack of evidence concerning “standard” Bill of Lading

Appeal from a decision dismissing a judgment creditor’s claim for recovery against the judgment debtor’s insurer was allowed because the insurer failed to meet its evidentiary burden proving the judgment debtor made a misrepresentation in its application for insurance coverage. C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. v. Northbridge Commercial Insurance Corp., [2016] O.J. No. 2505, 2016 ONCA 364, Ontario Court ...

Brokerage agreement between the insurer and the broker contained an obligation by the broker to indemnify the insurer

A broker’s subrogated claim against an insurer which voided an insured’s policy was summarily dismissed. Routh Chovaz Insurance Brokers Inc. v. Aviva Insurance Co. of Canada, [2016] O.J. No. 2682, 2016 ONSC 2567, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, May 25, 2016, G.R. Dow J. The insured requested his broker, which held binding authority for the insurer, to change the ...