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Manulife found guilty of breaching privacy.

Posted by on Jan 31, 2020 in Insurance, Legal Update | 0 comments

Manulife found guilty of breaching privacy.

On January 31, 2020, the Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner found Manulife guilty of breaching of disclosing a worker’s personal information to her employer’s agent without her consent. https://www.canlii.org/en/ab/aboipc/doc/2020/2020canlii9595/2020canlii9595.html?resultIndex=1

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Plan Administrator punished for bad faith claims handling.

Posted by on Oct 15, 2019 in Bad Faith, Insurance, Legal Update | 0 comments

Plan Administrator punished for bad faith claims handling.

On October 15, 2019, the BC Supreme Court ordered that an administrator of a long-term disability plan pay damages for mental distress, and punitive damages for its bad faith handling of a disability claim covered by a collective agreement. In Greig v. Desjardins Financial Security Life Assurance Co., 2019 BCSC 1758, Dennis Greig, who had suffered injuries in a motor vehicle accident, was re-injured on the job and was unable to return to work. He successfully applied for LTD benefits but his benefits were later suspended for 17 months before...

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Insurer ordered to produce internal documents.

Posted by on Apr 29, 2019 in Bad Faith, Insurance, Legal Update | 0 comments

Insurer ordered to produce internal documents.

On April 29, 2019 the Nova Scotia Supreme Court ordered an insurance company to produce its policies, procedures, guidelines and internal documents concerning how an accident benefits claim was handled in a bad faith action. In Malloy v. Intact Insurance Co., [2019] N.S.J. No. 170, 2019 NSSC 131, Shauna Malloy was injured in a motor vehicle accident. Ms. Malloy’s insurance company, Intact, accepted the claim for accident benefits, but denied reimbursement for a medical procedure. Ms. Malloy sued alleging bad faith and sought an order...

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Manulife’s human right’s violation costs employer.

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in Insurance, Legal Update | 0 comments

Manulife’s human right’s violation costs employer.

On March 19, 2019, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario found that Manulife’s handling of a disability claim was “significantly flawed” (para. 36), amounting to a breach of Marianne Knight’s human rights. The Tribunal found that the employer,  Surrey Place Centre, “delegated” it’s responsibilities to Manulife. Since Manulife was acting as the legal agent of the employer, it was the employer who was made to pay for Manulife’s conduct. In Knight v. Surrey Place Centre, 2019 HRTO...

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Settlement of less than 10% approved by Court of Appeal.

Posted by on Nov 29, 2018 in Injury Awards, Legal Update | 0 comments

Settlement of less than 10% approved by Court of Appeal.

On November 29 2018, BC Court of Appeal approved the settlement of a claim which was potentially worth more than $400,000.00, for the all inclusive sum of 35,000.00. In Deo v. Vancouver, 2018 BCCA 464, a child suffered serious injuries at school, leaving him partially blind. He sued for damages and was largely unsuccessful on proving liability at trial. The child’s lawyer valued the claim at over $400,000, but before the liability appeals could be heard a settlement of $35,000 was reached. The child, being a minor, could not...

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$600,000 life insurance ordered, even though replacement policy void.

Posted by on Nov 22, 2018 in Insurance, Legal Update | 0 comments

$600,000 life insurance ordered, even though replacement policy void.

On November 22, 2018, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench ordered an insurance company to pay a $600,000 death benefit to the 2 surviving children and adult partner of a deceased man, Jeffery Moss. In Moss v. Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada, [2018] A.J. No. 1383, 2018 ABQB 953, the deceased’s daughter, Daniella Moss, brought a summary trial application seeking a declaration as to the validity of two insurance policies. She was one of the beneficiaries of the two life insurance policies on her father’s life. The deceased...

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Intact Insurance sued for bad faith negotiations.

Posted by on May 17, 2018 in Bad Faith, Insurance, Legal Update | 0 comments

Intact Insurance sued for bad faith negotiations.

On May 17, 2018, the Manitoba Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal from an insurance company’s unsuccessful application for summary judgment to dismiss a claim brought by its insured. In 3746292 Manitoba Ltd. v. Intact Insurance Co., 2018 MBCA 59, the insured was the owner of a mixed-use property in downtown Winnipeg consisting of residential apartments and commercial space. In 2010, an accidental fire caused significant damage. A dispute arose over the cost of repairs and the amount of a co-insurance penalty. The...

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Drunk teenager injured in stolen car cannot sue garage.

Posted by on May 11, 2018 in Insurance, Legal Update | 0 comments

Drunk teenager injured in stolen car cannot sue garage.

On May 11, 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada  ruled that a commercial car garage did not owe a duty of care to a person who was injured in a car he had stolen from the garage. In Rankin (Rankin’s Garage & Sales) v. J.J., J.J., a teenager, suffered a catastrophic brain injury in a motor vehicle collision. He sued Rankin’s Garage & Sales, among other parties, for negligence because the car that he and another teenager stole from the garage had been left unlocked with the keys in the ashtray. At trial, the jury found multiple...

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Manulife ordered to pay LTD to brain injured man.

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in Insurance, Legal Update | 0 comments

Manulife ordered to pay LTD to brain injured man.

On April 19, 2018, Ontario’s highest court ordered Manulife to pay long-term disability benefits to a man who suffered a traumatic brain injury and a severe back injury during a company-sponsored event on April 16, 2005. In  MacIvor v. Pitney Bowes Inc., [2018] O.J. No. 2105, 2018 ONCA 381, the Ontario Court of Appeal (“ONCA”), reversed a trial decision and found for Lenard MacIvor. Mr. MacIvor suffered a traumatic brain injury and a significant musculoskeletal injury during a company-sponsored event in Costa Rica....

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ICBC punished with costs for “improper act”.

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in Insurance, Legal Update | 0 comments

ICBC punished with costs for “improper act”.

On February 20, 2018, the BC Supreme Court assessed costs against ICBC in Garayt v. Deneumoustier, 2018 BCSC 295, for failing to abide by “very clear case law”. By way of background, when a lawyer in British Columbia receives trust funds a $15 “trust administration fee” must be assessed. For a description of the fee program, click  here.  This is a mandatory assessment. So, when a plaintiff retains a lawyer to resolve a dispute with ICBC this fee needs to be paid.  If the plaintiff is...

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