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

18. April 2017 0
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

18. April 2017 0
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 ...

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 ...

Ontario court dismisses insurer’s application for order compelling insured to undergo neuropsychological testing

10. February 2017 0
The insurer’s application for an order compelling the insured to undergo neuropsychological testing was dismissed as neuropsychological or cognitive function had not been put at issue and no treatment providers or experts had recommended it. Insurance law – Practice – Examination for discovery; Disability insurance – Medical examination; Policies and insurance contracts – Coverage Woolsey ...

Disabled employee not entitled to payments until age 65 despite insurer’s previous agreement to continue paying outside of contract of insurance

10. February 2017 0
The insurer’s agreement to continue paying disability benefits to a previously disabled employee did not amount to a contract of insurance obligating the insurer to continue payments until age 65 after the insurer ceased acting as the employer’s insurance provider. Insurance law – Actions – Disability insurance – Long term disability – Future benefits – ...