An insurer was not entitled to rely on a contractual limitation period shortening the statutory limitation period because the wording for when the limitation period commenced was not clear. The limitation period did not start to run until after the appeals process had been exhausted.

Kassburg v. Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada, [2014] O.J. No. 1090, March 7, 2014, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, M.G. Ellies J.

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No duty to defend was found where the true nature of the claim could not be determined from the pleadings.

University of Waterloo v. Scottish & York Insurance Co., [2014] O.J. No. 1103, February 24, 2014, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, D.J. Gordon J.

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Despite an exclusion for bodily injury caused by the use of a gun, the insurer had  a duty to defend claims the insured had breached its duties related to its capacity as an occupier of the premises where the shooting occured.

Kinkade v. 947014 Ontario Inc. (c.o.b. The Silver Dollar), [2014] O.J. NO. 1271, March 20, 2014, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, G. Roccamo J.

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The plaintiff commenced an action against the defendant's insurer on the basis the plainitff's damaged goods were insured by the defendant's insurer as if they were the property of the defendant. The Court concluded the goods were not insured. The defendant had not agreed to arrange insurance for the goods and the plaintiff was not an unnamed beneficiary under the policy.

Merex Inc. v. Stoney Island Fisheries Ltd., [2014] N.S.J. No. 79, February 21, 2014, Nova Scotia Supreme Court, J.D. Murphy J.

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Application on the issue of whether the insurer had a duty to defend the insured in legal proceedings alleging damages caused by defective work. The insured’s plumbing work was completed while the insurance policy was valid. Years later, the plumbing system failed and caused damage. The insurer argued the pleadings did not allege facts showing that an occurrence causing damage took place before the expiry of the policy and in the alternative, the damage was excluded from coverage as a result of the "your work" exclusion. The insurer's application was dismissed because there was an occurrence during the policy period and the insurer could not demonstrate that the exclusion clause clearly applied.

Co-operators General Insurance Co. v. Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Co., [2014] N.S.J. No. 111, January 27, 2014, Nova Scotia Supreme Court, M.J. Wood J.

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The insurer had separate policies of insurance with the plaintiff and the defendant. The plaintiffs argued that because they were also policy holders with the insurer, the insurer owed them a duty of good faith and fair dealing and the insurer was obliged to settle the plaintiffs' action against the defendants. The plaintiffs' action against the insurer was dismissed because the insurer owed no duty to the plaintiffs simply because the plaintiffs had an insurance policy with the insurer.

Sweet v. Sweet, [2014] S.J. No. 84, January 27, 2014, Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench, R.C. Mills J.

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The insured was in a motor vehicle accident at a time when her driver’s license was expired. The insured was entitled to be relieved from forfeiture for non-compliance with the statutory condition and the insurer had a duty to defend the motor vehicle accident action and indemnify the insured for liability.

Kozel v. Personal Insurance Co., [2014] O.J. No. 753, February 19, 2014, Ontario Court of Appeal, M. Rosenberg, J.C. MacPherson and H.S. LaForme JJ.A.

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Although the insured’s claim for indemnification under a commercial general liability insurance policy for the cost of destroying a contaminated product sold by the insured to the third party was for a fortuitous loss, it did not fall within coverage as the insured did not prove the event that caused the contamination.

Westaqua Commodity Group Ltd. v. Sovereign General Insurance Co., [2014] B.C.J. No. 284, February 18, 2014, British Columbia Supreme Court, J. Steeves J.

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The Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal from an order holding that the two year limitation period for bringing a claim against one's own insurer under an underinsured motorist endorsement starts to run when the insured first makes a claim for compensation under the endorsement.

Schmitz (Litigation guardian of) v. Lombard General Insurance Co. of Canada, [2014] O.J. No. 531, February 4, 2014, Ontario Court of Appeal, A. Hoy A.C.J.O., E.A. Cronk and G.J. Epstein JJ.A.

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The court granted a declaration that an insurer was required to defend an additional named insured in action in which identical allegations were made against the named insured.

Zhou v. Markham (Town), [2014] O.J. No. 351, January 21, 2014, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, C.J. Brown J.

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