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20 years of LAWPRO leading cases

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While Ontario lawyers will appreciate that LAWPRO defends them on legal malpractice claims, they may not appreciate the breadth of legal issues that come up in those claims. This article highlights leading or significant cases that LAWPRO litigated over the past 20 years, some of which dealt with legal issues and principles that are relevant… Read More »

Categories: 2015 February - LAWPRO 20th, Admin dismissals/Rule 48, Articles, Casebook, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Limitation Periods, Wills & Estates

Warning: Insurers can ‘contract out’ of the Limitations Act, 2002 in ‘non-consumer’ policies

The law of limitations applicable to insurance claims has entered a period of uncertainty, arising in part from insurers’ ability to “contract out” of the Limitations Act, 2002 (LA 2002) where the insured is not a “consumer.” Claims on group long-term disability policies may prove especially hazardous. This article discusses this new development, and touches… Read More »

Categories: 2014 September Diversity, Articles, Casebook, Civil Litigation, Failure to Know The Law, Limitation Periods

Recoveries and repairs: 2013 review

LAWPRO staff actively pursue recovery costs throughout the year. In some cases, a party other than the insured is found liable for all or part of a loss that is the subject of a claim. We take all reasonable steps to obtain reimbursement from these parties, no matter the amount, because the recovery of these… Read More »

Categories: 2014 June - Year in Review 2013, Admin dismissals/Rule 48, Articles, Casebook, Civil Litigation, Family, Limitation Periods, Year in Review

Know how administrative dismissal claims happen, and take 8 steps to immunize yourself against them

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Rule 48 claims arise when it is alleged that the dismissal of a claim was due to the lawyer’s negligence with respect to either a defended (Rule 48.14) or an undefended (48.15) action. Many of these claims have been very costly for LAWPRO. While certain Rule 48 claims can be repaired by speaking with opposing… Read More »

Categories: 2013 September practicePRO 15th, Admin dismissals/Rule 48, Articles, Civil Litigation, Limitation Periods

Knowing when to take a stand: LAWPRO defends its insureds in 2012

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LAWPRO pays an indemnity to resolve a claim only in a minority of cases. In the years 2008-2012, LAWPRO made an indemnity payment in just 14.5 per cent of files, on average. However, many claims must be actively defended: over that same period, over 42 per cent of claims required the expenditure of external defence… Read More »

Categories: 2013 May - Year in Review 2012, Articles, Casebook, Civil Litigation, Limitation Periods, Personal injury, Tax, Wills & Estates

Don’t be trapped by old habits of thought – The limitation period for equitable claims is now two years

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It is difficult to let go of fundamental principles. Many generations of Ontario lawyers were taught that equitable claims are not subject to any limitation period. These lawyers were correct, until the Limitations Act, 2002 came into force. Limitation periods are creatures of statute. The Limitations Act, R.S.O 1990, c.L.15 and its predecessors had no… Read More »

Categories: 2012 December Resolutions, Articles, Casebook, Civil Litigation, Limitation Periods, Time Management

Lessons learned: The Limitations Act, 2002

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Recent case law applying the Limitations Act, 2002 contains essential lessons and warnings for the profession. This article is a summary of these matters and what they mean for the practising bar. It really is a catch-all statute… Don’t forget that subject to certain expressly stated exceptions, the Limitations Act, 2002 is a broadly worded,… Read More »

Categories: 2012 August Checklists, Articles, Casebook, Civil Litigation, Limitation Periods, Time Management

Beware the Ides of Rule 48

The following scenario is familiar to all plaintiffs’ counsel. Consider it, for example, in the context of a slip and fall claim. Upon being retained and after having reviewed the relevant factual background, counsel chooses, wisely, to explore the prospect of resolving the claim without the need for formal proceedings. The liability insurer is like-minded… Read More »

Categories: 2011 Fall Communications, Admin dismissals/Rule 48, Articles, Civil Litigation, Limitation Periods, Practice Tips
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