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 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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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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Errors & Omissions Insurer entitled to decline a defence to its insured, a lawyer, on the basis of a notwithstanding clause which allowed it to decline to defend an insured on the basis of a reasonable investigation rather than on the basis of the pleadings.

Juroviesky and Ricci LLP v. Lawyers Professional Indemnity Co., [2014] O.J. No. 40, January 6, 2014, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, W.M. Matheson J.

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In Willoughby v. Pilot Insurance Co., the insurer provided home insurance on the insureds’ home, which was destroyed by fire. The insurance policy included a Guaranteed Replacement Cost on Buildings (“GRC”) endorsement. After the fire, the insureds decided not to rebuild or repair the fire-damaged home. Instead, they purchased a home in another location and moved there. In light of the insureds’ decision to relocate instead of rebuilding, the insurer took the position that they were not entitled to payment under the GRC endorsement but only basic fire loss coverage. The insureds commenced an action against the insurer and sought summary judgment.

Willoughby v. Pilot Insurance Co., a Division of Aviva Canada Inc., [2014] O.J. No. 45, January 7, 2014, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, D.G. Stinson J.

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The court reviewed and clarified the definition of a "dependent" under the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule.

Security National Insurance Co. v. Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Co., [2013] O.J. No. 5661, December 9, 2013, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, E.M. Morgan J.

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The court relied on grammar and punctuation to conclude a coverage provision was not ambiguous and the plain meaning was that coverage did not apply.

1088437 Ontario Inc. (c.o.b. Northmore Fuels) v. GCAN Insurance Co., [2013] O.J. No. 5407, November 28, 2013, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, J.R. MacKinnon J.

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