Petitioners providing certain professional services relating to a construction project were held to be insureds under the terms of a professional liability policy, despite not being identified by name in either the policy or the application for insurance

14. August 2018 0
Insurance law – Liability insurance – Errors and omissions policy – Interpretation of policy – Notice Surespan Structures Ltd. v. Lloyd’s Underwriters, [2018] BCJ No. 1251, 2018 BCSC 1058, British Columbia Supreme Court, June 27, 2018, Winteringham, J. The petitioners, Surespan Structures Ltd. (“Surespan”) and HGS Limited (“HGS”), sought a declaration that they were insureds ...

A summary dismissal of a subrogated claim brought by a landlord’s insurer against a tenant for fire damage was upheld on appeal

Insurance law – Property insurance – Landlord and tenant – Subrogation – Right of insurer to subrogation – Practice – Appeals – Standard of review Youn v. 1427062 Alberta Ltd., [2018] A.J. No. 397, 2018 ABQB 241, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, March 27, 2018, C.L. Kenny J. The landlord owned commercial property that included ...

Breach of contract claim for failing to add party as an additional insured in contractor’s liability policy found to be time-barred

09. March 2018 0
A breach of contract claim for failing to add a party as an additional insured in a contractor’s liability policy was time-barred by virtue of the operation of Ontario’s Limitation Act. Insurance law – Liability insurance – Additional named insured – Duty to defend – Contracts – Privity of contract – Limitation of actions Brookstreet ...

Insurer obligated to contribute to defence costs and settlement in personal injury lawsuit where insured’s homeowner’s policy found not to operate as an excess liability policy

09. March 2018 0
An insured’s homeowner’s policy was held not to operate as an excess liability policy, obligating the insurer to contribute to defence costs and settlement respecting a lawsuit arising out of a fall that occurred after hours at the insured’s business premises. Insurance law – Homeowner’s insurance – Bodily injury – Corporate capacity – Excess liability ...

Ontario court finds hospital employee was acting under the direction of the Hospital for purposes of determining whether insurer owes duty to defend

12. December 2017 0
The insurer had a duty to defend a hospital employee who was sued for invasion of privacy allegedly arising out of the insured’s unauthorized access to medical records of a patient outside the insured’s circle of care. Insurance law – Liability insurance – Named insured – Duty to defend – Interpretation of policy Oliveira v. ...

BCCA upholds finding that homeowner’s policy excludes coverage for claims arising from bodily injury to any person residing in insured’s household

12. December 2017 0
A homeowner’s policy was found to exclude coverage for liability arising from a third party notice issued against an insured where the underlying action was for personal injuries brought by the insured’s son who resided with the insured. Insurance law – Homeowner’s insurance – Exclusions – Actions – Interpretation of policy; Practice – Appeals – ...

BCCA finds claim alleging surcharges levied on foreign currency constituted deceptive practice and breached member agreements did not fall within coverage as the credit union’s policy excluded coverage for service charges

12. December 2017 0
A claim alleging surcharges levied on foreign currency constituted deceptive practice and breached member agreements did not fall within coverage as the credit union’s policy excluded coverage for charges for services. Insurance law – Liability insurance – Exclusions – Interpretation of policy; Appeals – Standard of review; Class actions Coast Capital Savings Credit Union v. ...

“Transmission of force” doctrine applied in priority dispute

08. August 2017 0
The “transmission of force” doctrine did not apply to a motor vehicle that collided with a second motor vehicle, thereby diverting the second vehicle, which then hit a pedestrian. Automobile insurance; Benefits; Statutory provisions; Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule; Priority coverage; Leave to appeal; Standard of review Unifund Assurance Co. v. ACE INA Insurance Co., [2017] O.J. ...