A clause excluding coverage for damage arising out of the operation of attached equipment did not apply where the equipment was in use but not being directly controlled at the time of the accident.

Dadey v. Insurance Corp. of British Columbia, [2014] B.C.J. No. 2118, August 15, 2014, British Columbia Supreme Court, R.W. Jenkins J.

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Appeal of the dismissal of the insured's appeal from a master's order compelling him to undergo an independent medical examination. The Court of Appeal found no error in the reasons of the chambers judge. The order under appeal required the court to exercise its discretion and absent the finding that it was clearly wrong, the exercise of discretion was entitled to deference. Accordingly, the appeal was dismissed.

Wright v. Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada [2014] B.C.J. No. 1982, July 30, 2014, British Columbia Court of Appeal, E.A. Bennett, D.C. Harris and R. Goepel JJ.A.

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Summary trial application by the insurer for an order that the bank's claim under a standard mortgage clause be dismissed because the bank failed to comply with the applicable limitation period. The court dismissed the insurer's application and granted leave to bring a further summary trial application after there had been document production and examinations for discovery. The court found that evidence on why the insurer did not pay the bank was required in order to make a determination of the issues.

Royal Bank of Canada v. Canadian Northern Shield Insurance Co. [2014] B.C.J. No. 1974, July 28, 2014, British Columbia Supreme Court, W.J. Harris J.

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A release signed by a plaintiff participating in a zip line activity did not defeat the plaintiff's claim for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle collision on the defendant zip line operator's bus travelling from the zipline area. The release was contrary to public policy, which did not allow an owner/operator of a motor vehicle to contract out of liability for damages for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

Niedermeyer v. Charlton [2014] B.C.J. No. 763, April 30, 2014, British Columbia Court of Appeal, E.A. Bennett, N.J. Garson, and C.E. Hinkson 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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Appeal of a finding that the lessee of a vehicle was the "owner" of the vehicle by virtue of the definition of "owner" under the Motor Vehicle Act such that the defendant driver was not an additional insured. Appeal dismissed. Although it was doubtful the lessee was an "owner" under the policy wording, the vehicle was licensed in the lessee's name and the defendant driver was not an additional insured.

Lombard General Insurance Co. of Canada v. Canadian Direct Insurance Inc. [2013] B.C.J. No. 2673, December 5, 2013, British Columbia Court of Appeal, P.D. Lowry, D.M. Smith and E.A. Bennett JJ.A.

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The Court of Appeal considered whether the addition of the words "compensation similar to benefits" to section 106 of the Insurance (Vehicle) Regulation changed the meaning of section 106 such that compensation in the form of sick bank accumulation should be deducted from damages awarded for past income loss. The Court found that the words "compensation similar to benefits" did not remove the element of insurance from a plain reading of the section. The accumulation of sick leave credits does not involve an element of insurance. Accordingly, sick banked time is not deductible.

Jordan v. Lowe [2013] B.C.J. NO. 2647, December 3, 2013, British Columbia Court of Appeal, R.T.A. Low, C.E. Hinkson and D.C. Harris JJ.A.

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The Court concluded that the extension of coverage for Interruption by Civil Authority did not provide coverage for subsequent consequential losses that occurred after access by a civil authority was no longer denied.

Strata Plan KAS3058 v. St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co. (c.o.b. Travellers) [2013] B.C.J. No. 2651, December 2, 2013, British Columbia Supreme Court, M.L. Fleming J.

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The insured under a policy of homeowner’s insurance was found to be entitled to a defence in a tort action in which he was named as a defendant in his personal capacity and in his capacity as an officer and director of several companies also named as defendants in the tort action. It was held that the allegations against the insured were broad enough to include conduct outside the insured’s corporate duties and for which the corporate defendants may not be liable.

Martin v. Royal & Sun Alliance Co. of Canada, [2013] B.C.J. No. 2468, November 12, 2013, British Columbia Supreme Court, N.H. Smith J.

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Insured under home insurance policy is not required to give insurer notice of vacancy or reduced occupancy for a period of less than 30 days.

Peebles v. The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, [2013] B.C.J. No. 2389, November 1, 2013, Supreme Court of British Columbia, Newbury J., Hall J. and Chiasson J.

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