A Covenant to Insure is a Bar to a Subrogated Claim against a Subcontractor

A covenant to insure operated to bar a subrogated claim against a subcontractor. A subcontractor was also considered an unnamed insured even though the policy did not contain any wording expanding the definition of an insured beyond that of the named insured.

DCMS GP (Dufferin-Steeles) Inc. v. Caribbean Tower Cranes Ltd., [2015] O.J. No. 4364, August 19, 2015, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, M.D. Faieta J.

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A Party Advancing a Claim for Insurance Monies is not necessarily an Adverse Party

A party that is not advancing a claim for insurance money cannot be an adverse party for the purposes of litigation under section 176 of the Insurance Act, RSNB 1973, c.I-12.

Blue Cross Life Insurance Company of Canada v. Crawford, [2015] N.B.J. No. 147, May 27, 2015, New Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench, R.T. French J.

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An Insurer has no Duty to Investigate Accuracy of Information Provided by Insured

The insurer had no duty to investigate the information provided by the insured to unearth misrepresentations by the insured.  A broker was held liable for failing to make inquiries into whether an insured’s representative who completed the insurance applications had the necessary training or experience to do so and if not to discuss the benefits of property inspections with him. The insured was apportioned 50% liability for failing to ensure that its representatives handling the placement of insurance had sufficient knowledge of the properties to place coverage.

Grafton Connor Property Inc. (c.o.b. Grafton-Connor Group) v. Lloyd’s of London Underwriters, [2015] N.S.J. No. 270, June 30, 2015, Nova Scotia Supreme Court, A.J. LeBlanc J.

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Exclusion Clause Wording "Claims Arising From" is more exclusionary than "Claims For"

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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Freezing and Expansion Exclusion Clause Operated to Exclude Liability For Damage Caused by Earth Movement

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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Damage to Windows During Cleaning Amounted to Making Good Faulty Workmanship

Damage caused to windows by cleaning company during construction of building was not covered by all-risk policy containing exclusion for cost of making good faulty workmanship.

Ledcor Construction Ltd. v. Northbridge Indemnity Insurance Co., [2015] A.J. No. 338, March 27, 2015, Alberta Court of Appeal, J.E.L. Côté, J. Watson and F.F. Slatter JJ.A.

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Coverage for a "Dwelling" Includes Coverage for a Floor Made of Dirt

Motion by the insured for a declaration of coverage. The insured owned half of a duplex with a dirt floor. The question was whether the policy covered the cost of remediating the dirt floor after it had been contaminated with oil. The court held that remediation was covered under the policy as the definition of “dwelling” included the floor, albeit one made of dirt.

Snow. v. Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Co. of Canada, [2015] N.S.J. No. 53, January 13, 2015, Nova Scotia Supreme Court, P.J. Murray J.

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Insurer Had no Duty to Defend Estate of Intoxicated Boat Operator

The insured, who had blood alcohol limit three times the legal limit, was killed in a motor boat accident which also injured the passenger. The insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify the insured’s estate in the action brought by the passenger as there was no contractual obligation to defend, and the duty to indemnify was excluded because the motorboat was “operated illegally”.

Heffernan Estate v. Lloyd's Canada, [2015] O.J. No. 599, February 10, 2015, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, E.P. Belobaba J.

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Summary judgment application to determine the meaning of the word “load” in the following exclusion clause:  “The weight of the load exceeding the registered lifting or supporting capacity of any machine.”  The insured owned an articulating boom lift that was damaged when the operator used the boom in an attempt to lever the lift out of mud in which it was stuck.  The court concluded the word “load” meant more than the weight in the manbasket and would include external resistance being applied to the lift or overall force to which the lift was being subjected.  Accordingly, the exclusion clause was engaged and the insured’s claim was dismissed.

Aspen Interiors Inc. v. Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Co., [2015] S.J. No. 25, January 5, 2015, Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench, R.S. Smith J.


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The appeal of a decision finding that the contractual limitation period in a disability insurance policy was ambiguous and therefore unenforceable was dismissed.

Kassburg v. Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada, [2014] O.J. No. 6222, December 29, 2014, Ontario Court of Appeal, D. Watt, K.M. van Rensburg and G.I. Pardu JJ.A.

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