Mother on hook after son crashes rented minivan

TORONTO — A woman who rented a minivan is on the hook for thousands of dollars after her son, who had a suspended licence, got behind the wheel and crashed, an Ontario judge has ruled. Read more

Proposed auto insurance changes a good start: Vaughan

Proposed changes to regulations governing Ontario’s auto insurance are welcome, even though it’s not clear if they will be extensive enough, says insurance defence lawyer Heather Vaughan. Read more

Injury, damage claims expected following Raptors parade

There will likely be numerous insurance claims in the wake of the Toronto Raptors championship parade — mostly due to a lack of resources and poor crowd control, Oakville insurance lawyer Weston Pollard tells Canadian Underwriter. Read more

Punitive damages award a warning to insurers

Oakville insurance lawyer Weston Pollard tells Law Times that insurers need to tread carefully when denying policyholder claims following a judge’s decision to award punitive damages against a company for its handling of a case involving the loss of a $550,000 ring. Read more

Illegal activity doesn’t preclude accident benefits

A recent court decision expands the scope of accident benefits coverage, Toronto insurance defence lawyer Heather Vaughan tells Read more

When it comes to insurance, know what you're buying: Pollard

Homeowners should pay close attention to the wording of their insurance policies to ensure they are well-protected in the event of a worst-case scenario, Oakville insurance lawyer Weston Pollard tells Read more

Defined terms key when drafting insurance policies

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal case shows the importance of using defined terms when drafting insurance policies, Toronto insurance lawyer Rohan Haté tells Read more

Trial-ready Cormier tells it like it is to clients

Toronto trial and appellate lawyer Joel Cormier has no interest in telling his clients what they want to hear. Read more

Ontario consulting on municipalities' worries on 'liability chill'

TORONTO — Ontario is taking a look at municipalities' concerns about a legal rule that they say causes "liability chill'' and leads some to ban activities such as street hockey and tobogganing. Read more

Vaughan: Broker met duty of care, can't be an 'expert in all things'

A recent decision dealing with a commercial building destroyed by fire clarifies the standard of care owed by an insurance broker when providing coverage to a client, Toronto insurance defence lawyer Heather Vaughan tells . Read more

Lawyers should confer to plan for efficient, proportionate discovery

A recent Ontario Superior Court decision is a helpful reminder to lawyers that they should be engaging in effective discovery planning, Toronto insurance defence lawyer Heather Vaughan tells . Read more

Haté no stranger to zealous advocacy

Toronto personal injury lawyer Rohan Haté says the changing nature of the practice area in Ontario gives him an opportunity to differentiate himself using trial and litigation skills. Read more

Is insurance coverage becoming illusory?

By Michael Lesage . Broadly speaking, insurance is a form of risk management, used by people and organizations to distribute and allocate risk. Read more

Title insurance covers building defects

By Michael Lesage . This recent case is illustrative of the breadth of coverage afforded to Ontario homeowners through title insurance. In that case, an individual purchased a cottage in 1999. Read more

Court finds title insurer liable for structural deficiencies

A recent Superior Court decision that found title insurance covered improper and uninspected construction by the previous owners of a house should be comforting to Ontario homeowners, Toronto litigator Michael Lesage tells Read more