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B.C. follows Ontario’s lead on family exclusion

The British Columbia Court of Appeal’s interpretation of a family member exclusion clarifies the law in that province, but not to the benefit of policyholders, says Vancouver insurance lawyer Sean Lerner. Read full story

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Vague allegations assist hockey player in faceoff with insurer

A recent B.C. Supreme Court decision demonstrates how broadly courts will interpret pleadings when ruling on an insurer’s duty to defend, says Vancouver insurance lawyer Sean Lerner.

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Insurer to pay $180G medical tab after exclusion read narrowly

A judge’s order that an insurance company pick up the $180,000 tab for a man’s foreign medical costs shows courts’ willingness to read exclusionary clauses narrowly.

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Unclear Language Renders Exclusion Unenforceable

Ambiguously worded exclusions give policyholders a route to challenge coverage denials, says Vancouver insurance lawyer Sean Lerner

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Diagnosed Illness Not Needed For Mental Injury Damages

A Supreme Court of Canada judgment changes the conventional legal wisdom around the availability of damages for mental injuries, says Vancouver insurance lawyer Sean Lerner.

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Delayed Payment Costs Insurer

An Ontario case shows the danger to insurers for delaying payment of claims involving suspicious circumstances, says Vancouver insurance lawyer Sean Lerner.  

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‘Aggressive’ to use insurance clause to deny rental car coverage

Using an insurance clause to request that a customer pay thousands of dollars to a rental company for failing to report minor damage to the police is an aggressive way to try to deny coverage, Vancouver insurance lawyer Sean Lerner tells CTV News Vancouver.

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Fire insurance decision could be bad news for developers

An Ontario decision on replacement cost coverage could mean bad news for B.C. developers, says Vancouver insurance lawyer Sean Lerner.  

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Costs Award Against Insurance Company

A Supreme Court of British Columbia award of full costs against an insurance company which refused coverage is a stride forward for policyholders and access to justice, says Vancouver insurance lawyer.

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Insurance Dispute Headed to the BC Court of Appeal

Vancouver insurance and personal injury lawyer Sean Lerner says a case heading to the British Columbia Court of Appeal (BCCA) in the new year could have big implications for parents whose children are involved in civil claims.

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