Allstate Insurance Co. of Canada v. Aftab, [2015] O.J. No. 2516, May 15, 2015, Ontario Court of Appeal, G.R. Strathy C.J.O., H.S. LaForme and M.H. Tulloch JJ.A.

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Judicial review of an umpire's decision made pursuant to section 12 of the Insurance Act, R.S.B.C. 2012, c.1, regarding the value of stolen jewellery The standard of review was whether the umpire's decision was patently unreasonable. The petitioners (insureds) failed to identify a reversible error and the petition for judicial review was dismissed.

Vandale v. Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Co., [2015] B.C.J. No. 942, May 11, 2015, British Columbia Supreme Court, P. Rogers J.

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The Court found on a special case under Rule 9-3 that the insurer did not have a duty to defend the insureds with respect to claims for negligent acts occurring within the policy period when the resulting damage (i.e., a landslide) occurred several months after the policy expired.

Canadian Northern Shield Insurance Co. v. Intact Insurance Co., [2015] B.C.J. No. 943, May 11, 2015, British Columbia Supreme Court, B. Fisher J.

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An insurer cannot rely on the common law concept of an insurable interest to deny coverage for statutory insurance.

Young v. Saskatchewan Government Insurance, [2015] S.J. No. 207, April 30, 2015, Saskatchewan Provincial Court, D.J. Kovatch Prov. Ct. J.

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Where an insurer insures both the tortfeasor for liability coverage and the victim for accident benefits, the insurer should set up a firewall so that information gathered by it regarding the accident benefits claim is not available in the tort action.

Dervisholli v. Cervenak, [2015] O.J. No. 2076, April 24, 2015, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, F.N. Marrocco A.C.J.S.C.J., J.C. Kent and M.L. Edwards JJ.

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An insurer is responsible for pre-tender defence costs absent an identifiable prejudice arising from the late notice of the claim.

Lloyd's Underwriters v. Blue Mountain Log Sales Ltd., [2015] B.C.J. No. 783, April 22, 2015, British Columbia Supreme Court, T.M. McEwan J.

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The defendant vendor of a fuel oil tank which was alleged to have leaked sought a defence from its insurers under three separate liability insurance policies. One insurer was unable to rely on the limitation period in its policy and was required to provide a defence. The claims did not fall within coverage or were excluded under the two other policies.

Daverne v. John Switzer Fuels Ltd., [2015] O. J. No. 1589, March 31, 2015, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, G. Mew J.

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In a motor vehicle action, the limitation period for the plaintiff to make a claim for uninsured motorist coverage to his own insurer did not start to run until he was alerted that the driver and insurance information in the police report regarding the accident might be incorrect and it was reasonable for him to have relied on the information in the police report until that time.

Lingard v. Milne-McIsaac, [2015] O.J. No. 1569, March 31, 2015, Ontario Court of Appeal, P.D. Lauwers, C.W. Hourigan and G.I. Pardu JJ.A.

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In a personal injury action, the occupier of a premises was entitled to a partial defence under the liability policy of the contactor it hired to do snow maintenance. The contractor was entitled to a full defence under the liability policy of the subcontractor it hired to do the work.

Delcor Enterprises Ltd. v. Economical Insurance Group, [2015] M.J. No. 85, March 25, 2015, Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench, S.D. Greenberg J.

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Coverage under an all risk policy of property insurance for damage caused by ground movement and expansion, cracking, and shifting of the insured building which resulted from freezing of leaking water was excluded by exclusions for damage caused directly or indirectly by expansion and freezing, but not by an exclusion for damage caused by earth movement.

Wynward Insurance Group v. MS Developments Inc., [2015] B.C.J. No. 561, March 4, 2015, British Columbia Supreme Court, P. Rogers J.

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