Legal Blog

02 Oct 2018

Court Upholds Denial of Fire Loss Claim on Basis of Arson

by Jason Caissie

Bidart v. The Portage La Prairie Mutual Insurance Company, 2017 NSSC 126

Mr. Bidart was involved in legal proceedings with a former spouse which led to a judgment registered against him in the amount of $16,024.54.  The legal proceedings along with other issues led to financial hardship for Mr. Birard, leading to his bank accounts being frozen, running up substantial credit card debt and falling behind on his property tax and water...

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02 Oct 2018

PEI Court Makes First Ever Award for Advance Payment

by Jason Caissie

Fraser v. Runighan, 2018 PESC 26

On January 12, 2012, Veronica Fraser was a passenger in a vehicle driver by her husband, Barry Fraser.  They were travelling in a west bound direction on Route 10, when a vehicle coming in the opposite direction and driven by Candace Runighan, crossed over the center line and collided head on with the Fraser vehicle.

Both Frasers commenced an action against Ms. Runighan and the owner of the vehicle Robert...

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02 Oct 2018

Future CPP disability benefits are not deductible from loss of earnings

by Jason Caissie

Holland v. Sparks, 2018 NSSC 136

Catherine Holland suffered injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accidents in May 2013.  She commenced an action against the allegedly at fault driver, the Defendant Josh Sparks.

Following her motor vehicle accident, the Plaintiff started receiving CPP disability benefits, which she was continuing to receive as of the date of the motion.

The Plaintiff filed a motion with the Court to settle a question...

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04 Sep 2018

Subcontractors Found to Be Covered Despite Not Being Named Insured In Liability Policy

by Jason Caissie

Surespan Structures Ltd. V. Lloyd’s Underwriters, 2018 BCSC 1058

Stantec Engineering purchased a Liability Policy related to a contract to design and build two hospitals with parkades in British Columbia.   The application for insurance included an attached list of subcontractors as additional insureds.

At the time of the application, it was believed that Stantec would be designing the parkades, however, the design was later contracted to...

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04 Sep 2018

Statutory Benefits Provided Where Insured Injured When Pushed While Closing Van Door

by Jason Caissie

North Waterloo Farmers Mutual Insurance Co. v. Sama, 2018 ONSC 2143

Khuram Samad was driving his 2006 Dodge Caravan on December 13, 2012 as a taxi, when he picked up two passengers at a grocery store.  Mr. Samad got into an argument with the passengers, which led to the front seat passenger punching Mr. Samad, and the passengers being asked to leave.

The passengers left the vehicle, but left the rear sliding door open.  Mr. Samad, with the...

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