Approval of infant settlement delayed because lawyer’s contingency fee agreement was unreasonable

10. January 2018 0
Approval of an infant settlement was delayed because the lawyer’s contingency fee agreement was unreasonable. Insurance law – Practice – Settlement of action Fairweather v. Davies, [2017] O.J. No. 6180, 2017 ONSC 7051, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, November 27, 2017, J.K. Trimble J. The infant plaintiffs suffered minor injuries in a motor vehicle accident.  Their mother served as their ...

Coverage for rental property excluded under vacancy exclusion despite insured living in a trailer beside the home while it was under renovation

10. January 2018 0
Coverage was excluded for a rental property under the vacancy exclusion despite the insured living in a trailer beside the home while it was under renovation. Insurance law – Homeowner’s insurance – Exclusions – “Resident” – “Vacant” – Definition – Terms of policy Taylor v. Co-operators General Insurance Co., [2017] A.J. No. 1232, 2017 ABQB 705, Alberta Court ...

Additional insureds entitled to appoint and instruct their own counsel due to inherent conflict of interest

10. January 2018 0
Additional insureds were entitled to appoint their own counsel due a conflict which arose because the mix of covered and uncovered claims meant that the additional insureds’ defence directly conflicted with the pecuniary interests of the insurers and there was a risk information obtained for defence purposes might be used against the additional insureds for ...

Insurer required to pay settlement agreement on behalf of insurer despite his having operated a snowmobile contrary to the terms of his criminal probation order

10. January 2018 0
An insured who operates a motor vehicle contrary to a criminal court order is nevertheless authorized to operate a motor vehicle pursuant to Statutory Condition 4(1). Insurance law – Automobile insurance – Statutory provisions – Exclusions – Appeals; Practice – Settlement of action Middleton v. Pankhurst, [2017] O.J. No. 5661, 2017 ONCA 835, Ontario Court of Appeal, November 2, ...

Lessor not entitled to third party liability coverage under policy placed by lessee where the policy does not name lessor as an insured

10. January 2018 0
A lessor was not entitled to third party liability coverage under a policy placed by the lessee as the policy did not name the lessor as an insured. Insurance law – Automobile insurance – Lessors and lessees – Third parties – Interpretation of policy – Cancellation of policy Coast Capital Equipment Finance Ltd. v. Old ...

Insured entitled to indemnity under policy of insurance for theft claim arising out of two accidents in which her motor vehicle was involved and taken without her permission

12. December 2017 0
Insured entitled to indemnity under her policy of insurance for any claims or losses arising out of two accidents in which her motor vehicle was involved. Insurance law – Automobile insurance – Theft of vehicle – Terms of policy – Rights and duties of insured Boyle v. Insurance Corp. of British Columbia, [2017] B.C.J. No. 1969, ...

Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench finds insurer has duty to defend insured in third party proceedings arising from workplace injury

12. December 2017 0
Insurer found to have duty to defend insured in third party proceedings in which it was alleged the insured had breached its contract with the defendant, the Court finding the plaintiff’s claim against the defendant was in negligence and therefore the third party claim could be established on the grounds of negligence. Insurance law – ...

Insurer found not to have duty to defend based on CGL policy exclusions in an action where insureds allegedly supplied defective grape vines

12. December 2017 0
Insurer found not to have a duty to defend the insureds in an action in which it was alleged they supplied defective grape vines based on three exclusions in a “Business Choice” commercial general liability policy Insurance law – Commercial general liability insurance – Duty to defend – Exclusions; Damages Mori-Vines Inc. v. Northbridge General ...

No coverage for additional insured where claim against additional insured did not arise solely out of the operations of the primary insured

12. December 2017 0
No coverage for additional insured because claim against additional insured did not arise solely out of the operations of the primary insured. Insurance law – Liability insurance – Duty to defend – Additional named insured; Practice – Underlying action Brookfield Johnson Controls Canada LP (c.o.b. Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions) v. Continental Casualty Co., [2017] O.J. ...