BCSC finds innocent insured is entitled to coverage following fire damage to leased truck – Judge cautions insurers to avoid obscure legal terms or concepts beyond the understanding of the ordinary insured

Vehicle damage arising from a lessee’s arson does not fall within the conversion exclusion clause in Division 5 of the ICBC Autoplan Optional Policy, and an innocent lessor may accordingly be entitled to coverage. Automobile insurance – Actions – Intentional torts; Policies and insurance contracts – Coverage – Interpretation of policy – Defences to exclude ...

Co-insured’s misrepresentations did not affect an innocent co-insured’s ability to claim under the policy

A misrepresentation by one co‑insured under s.554 of the Insurance Act, RSA 2000, c I‑3, does not affect an innocent co-insured’s interests because the statutory condition does not contain express language indicating misrepresentations by one insured will invalidate the policy as against an innocent co-insured. Insurance law – Automobile insurance – Co-insurance – Statutory provisions ...

Stolen ATV covered for SABS benefits under umbrella policy of priority insurer

An insurer who acquired ownership of a stolen ATV was obliged to provide statutory accident benefits under the Ontario Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule to an infant injured while riding the ATV two days after the insurer had acquired ownership. Insurance law – Automobile insurance – Statutory Accident Benefits – Commercial general liability insurance – Umbrella ...

Summary judgment not appropriate for dispute regarding proof of loss in fire policy claim when credibility issues require a full trial to explore

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Summary judgment not appropriate for dispute regarding proof of loss when there are credibility issues requiring a full trial to explore. Insurance law – Property insurance – Proof of loss; Practice – Summary judgments; Evidence – Legal vs. evidentiary burden Gebara v. Economical Insurance Group, [2017] O.J. No. 458, 2017 ONSC 801, Ontario Superior Court ...

Ontario court finds loss transfer provisions apply to vehicles in motion even if chain reaction collision involves a vehicle not in motion

18. April 2017 0
Loss transfer provisions of the Fault Determination Rules apply to vehicles in motion even if the collision involves a vehicle that was not in motion. Insurance law – Automobile insurance – No-fault accident benefits – Loss transfer provision – Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule; Practice – Leave to appeal; Arbitration – Enforcement of award Kingsway General ...

Punitive damages awarded against insurer for failure to pay fire coverage property claim in timely fashion

18. April 2017 0
Punitive damages awarded against insurer for failure to pay property claim in timely fashion. Insurance law – Property insurance – Business interruption – Loss of profits; Policies and insurance contracts – Breach of policy – Good faith, breach of; Duties and liabilities of insurer – Delay; Damages – Income loss – Punitive damages J.I.L.M. Enterprises ...

Hit-and-run victim who made “all reasonable efforts” to identify other driver entitled to compensation

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Insured made reasonable efforts to ascertain identity of hit-and-run drivers involved in motor-vehicle collision. Insurance law – Automobile insurance – Unidentified motorist – Leaving accident scene – Statutory provisions – Nominal defendant; Practice – Summary judgments Rieveley v. Doe, [2017] B.C.J. No. 227, 2017 BCSC 202, British Columbia Supreme Court, January 11, 2017, DeWitt‑Van Oosten ...