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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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 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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Decision granting summary judgment dismissing insured's action was upheld on basis that insured did not meet qualifying conditions of disability policy and commenced action more than two years after becoming aware of disability.

Thompson v. Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada, [2015] O.J. No. 1195, March 12, 2015, Ontario Court of Appeal, E.A. Cronk, E.E. Gillese and D. M. Brown JJ.A.

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Commercial general liability insurer was under obligation to defend insured in respect to claims relating to allegedly defective valves in HVAC units, which resulted in flooding.

Versa Fittings and Manufacturing Inc. v. Berkley Insurance Co., [2015] O.J. No. 1378, March 19, 2015, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, G. Mew J.

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Commercial general liability insurers are under duty to defend insured in third party claims and to share the costs on a proportionate basis.

UPS Supply Chain Solutions Inc. v. Airon HVAC Service Ltd., [2015] O.J. No. 1360, March 18, 2015, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, W.M. Matheson J.

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An insured was advised by its broker that the broker had arranged for the excess insurer to provide umbrella insurance coverage for the insured's vehicles; however, the broker failed to advise there was a gap in excess coverage with respect to the insured's long-term leased vehicles. Following an accident involving one of the insured's long-term leased vehicles, the insured sought coverage from the excess insurer, but was denied. The insured successfully brought an action in negligence against the brokers for their failure to properly advise the insured with respect to the umbrella coverage obtained for the vehicles.

Dustbane Products Limited v. Gifford Associates Insurance Brokers Inc., [2015] O.J. No. 854, February 18, 2015, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, M.L. Edwards J.

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The plaintiff was unable to recover for losses suffered as a result of her lawyer’s negligence because (1) the lawyer was not practicing law and thus was not insured at the time the loss was discovered, and (2) the lawyer did not report the potential loss to the insurer while the policy was in effect. The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench held that there was a reasonable and appropriate gap in coverage, and the Master’s decision was upheld.

Sawyer v. Canadian Lawyers Insurance Assn., [2015] A.J. No. 239, February 26, 2015, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, J. Strekaf J.

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