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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Where an insurer refuses to make payment under a policy, the limitation period runs from the date the claimant first knew, or in the circumstances ought to have known, that the insurer refused to make payment under a contract of insurance, rather than from the date of the loss. The insured’s claim is not against the person responsible for the original loss, but against the insurer who is alleged to have breached the contract of insurance by wrongfully denying payment.

Aspen Village Properties Ltd. v. Saskatchewan Government Insurance [2014] S.J. No. 340, June 18, 2014, Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench, D.P. Ball J.

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An insurer was time barred from bringing a loss transfer claim against a second insurer by operation of the doctrine of laches.

Zurich Insurance Co. v. TD General Insurance Co., [2014] O.J. No. 2550, May 27, 2014, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, S.N. Lederman J.

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The principle that a claim for indemnification does not arise, and therefore does not trigger the running of the limitation period, until a request for indemnification is made does not apply if s. 18 of the Limitation Act also applies.

Old Republic Insurance Co. of Canada v. Aviva Canada Inc., [2014] O.J. No. 2580, May 28, 2014, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, S.N. Lederman J.

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Insurer's notice of termination of benefits under Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule was not properly given because procedure requirements not followed.

Roger v. Personal Insurance Co. of Canada, [2014] O.J. No. 1575, April 1, 2014, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, C.D. Aitken J.

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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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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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An insurer's application for summary judgment was dismissed as the court could not determine the limitation period for a claim alleging bad faith.

Redden v. Manufacturers Life Insurance Co., [2013] N.B.J. No. 309, October 4, 2013, New Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench, P.C. Garnett J.

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The insured commenced an action to recover caregiver benefits, non-earner benefits, and additional damages under her motor vehicle liability policy which provided for statutory accident benefits over three years after the insurer refused to pay benefits. The limitation period was not extended by a mediation after the date of the insurer's refusal to pay, or a subsequent application for benefits. As a result, the insured's action was statute barred.

Blake v. Dominion of Canada General Insurance Co., [2013] O.J. No. 4413, September 30, 2013, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, A.C.R. Whitten J.

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Summary trial application by the beneficiaries of a life insurance policy for judgment against the insurer and broker. The insurer and broker also brought summary trial applications for a dismissal of the action. The Court granted the insurer's and broker's applications because the insured failed to disclose material information at the time of reinstatement. Accordingly, the insurer was justified in voiding the policy.

Branch v. Empire Life Insurance Co., [2013] B.C.J. NO. 1386, June 26, 2013, British Columbia Supreme Court, L.D. Russell J.

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