Summary Section Content 1Our national Insurance and Tort Liability Group is unique in its size and specialization. Our clients include many of the largest national and global insurers, reinsurers and reciprocals. In addition, we provide legal services to brokerage firms, companies carrying substantial self-insured retentions, adjusting firms and regulatory bodies involved in the insurance industry. We are involved as counsel in all areas of insurance law and litigate at every level of court including the Supreme Court of Canada. We have extensive experience defending complex insurance claims including class actions. Our practice also includes the drafting of policy wordings, the interpretation of all types of insurance policies, coverage opinions, the defence of direct actions against insurers, prosecution of subrogated claims and participation in negotiation, mediation and arbitration procedures. Publications Section Content 2Download the 'Canadian Product Liability Handbook' (PDF, 1.36MB) "Court Recognizes Contractor's Obligation to Fund the Defence of the Municipality where Contractor Failed to Obtain Insurance", June 2017"Superior Court Affirms Municipality's Right to Counsel of their Choosing", June 2017"Proving Mental Injury — The Supreme Court Strikes Lower Courts' Requirement for a Recognized Psychiatric Illness but Confirms Injury Must Be Serious and Prolonged", June 2017"Misrepresentation Must Be Material and not Based on Mere Speculation", May 2017"What's Old is New Again: Ontario Court of Appeal Affirms First Principles in Roadway Liability", May 2017"Court of Appeal upholds finding that storefront was occupier of municipal sidewalk", May 2017"Superior Court Provides Further Guidance on Discoverability and When "Due Diligence" Has Been Demonstrated", April 2017"Ontario Court of Appeal determines that GARA is Not Applicable in Ontario Proceeding", April 2017"Transport Canada Announces New Regulations for Recreational Drones", March 2017"UK seeks to Legislate Liability for Autonomous Vehicles", March 2017"Social Host Liability: Still a Potential Cause of Action in Ontario", March 2017"Two Judicial Treatments of a Novel Question of Law: Invalidating an Occupier's Waiver Through the Application of Ontario's Consumer Protection Legislation", March 2017"Mayers v. Khan — Summary Judgment can be appropriate to determine liability even when key facts are in dispute", February 2017"Full Indemnity for Costs Award in Disability Insurance Dispute Has Far Reaching Consequences", February 2017"Alberta Court awards fraction of amount claimed in latest chronic pain case", February 2017"Municipality Slides Away from Liability", January 2017"Court of Appeal Confirms Test for Motions to Set Aside Orders Dismissing Actions for Delay", January 2017"A New Compulsory Insurance Scheme for Vessels Carrying Passengers", January 2017"Court of Appeal Affirms Substantial Damages in Police Liability case for Breaching Confidentiality", January 2017"The impact of CETA on the coasting trade regime in Canada: brief analysis of Bill C-30", December 2016"Are Insurance Companies Ready for Autonomous Vehicles?", December 2016"Saumur v. Antoniak: a Child's Failure to Look Both Ways Before Crossing the Street May Not Be Contributory Negligence", November 2016"Autonomous Vehicles Coming to Ontario Roads", November 2016"Hoang v Vincentini: A Cautionary Tale on the Issue of Costs and the Implications on All Parties Involved ", November 2016"J.J. v. C.C.: Court of Appeal Finds Garage and Car Dealership Owed Duty of Care to Minor who Stole Vehicle From Premises", November 2016"Court does not require defendant insurer to produce its file from a previous related action", October 2016"Positive Proof Not Necessary for Summary Judgment", September 2016"BLG Successfully Defends Action Against Police Arising Out of Wiretap Investigations", August 2016"Court takes issue with defence medical experts who derived bulk of their income from defence work ", August 2016"Court of Appeal Requires Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment to Dismiss Medical Malpractice Claim to Include Evidence Going to the Merits of the Defence", August 2016"Autonomous Vehicles", July 2016"More food for thought: Court releases new decision on deductible, interest rates and waiving mediation privilege", June 2016"Court finds Agreement to Defend and Indemnify where Insurer Appointed One Counsel to Represent Both City and Winter Maintenance Contractor", June 2016"Duty of Care to Victims of Problem Gamblers not "Hopeless"", June 2016"A Refresher on the Test for Gross Negligence: Zaravellas v. Armstrong, 2016 ONSC 3616 ", June 2016"Chronic Pain in Alberta: Know Your Case Before Going to Trial", June 2016"Prison Lockdowns and Charter Damages: Ogiamien v Ontario, 2016 ONSC 3080", May 2016"Case Alert: Campbell v. Bruce (County), 2016 ONCA 371", May 2016"Québec superior court re-ignites debate on the scope of maritime law in Canada", April 2016"Ontario Superior Court Again Determines that the “New” Statutory Deductible Applies Retroactively in Motor Vehicle Tort Claims", April 2016"Ontario Court Holds the New Deductible Applies Retroactively to MVA Actions", February 2016"Municipality found 20% responsible for collision where public transit bus had right of way", February 2016"No “Near Miss” on Offers to Settle Timing, but Discretion on Costs Rests with Trial Judge", January 2016"Ontario Court Confirms Contractor’s Duty To Defend A Municipality In Personal Injury Claims", January 2016"Case Summary — Bramer v City of Hamilton, 2015 ONSC 713 (CanLII)", December 2015"Mari-times Newsletter: Canadian Maritime Law from Coast-to-Coast ", December 2015"Superior Court decision offers helpful guidance in pre-certification communications", December 2015"Supreme Court of Canada confirms generous and liberal approach to the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments", September 2015"Ontario Court of Appeal Confirms Court's Inherent Jurisdiction to Order Parties' Examination by Non-Health Practitioners", August 2015"Saskatchewan Court of Appeal Dramatically Reduces Punitive Damages Award Against Insurers", July 2015"Court of Appeal Clarifies Evidentiary Requirements for Establishing the Threshold: Gyorffy v. Drury, 2015 ONCA 31", June 2015"Privacy Risks In Connected Cars – Much Ado About Nothing?", April 2015"Lower Prejudgment Interest Rates Apply Retroactively in Motor Vehicle Accident Claims", April 2015"Fact Witnesses As Experts: Westerhof v Gee Estate, 2015 ONCA 206", April 2015"Salt – A Bad Taste For Municipalities?", March 2015"No Liability For Fall From “Chilling Tree”:", February 2015"When Close Enough Is Good Enough: Recent Case Law On The Application Of Rule 49", February 2015"Moore v Getahun : No Wall of Silence Between Experts and Counsel", January 2015"Advance Payments In Alberta", January 2015"New War Risk Coverage And Accident Investigation Regimes", January 2015"Important Changes To Prejudgment Interest Calculation in Motor Vehicle Accident Claims ", January 2015"Supreme Court Grants Leave To Appeal Motor Vehicle Insurance Case:", December 2014"Municipalities Obliged to Maintain Roadways for Ordinary Drivers: Fordham v. Dutton-Dunwich, 2014 ONCA 891", December 2014"Changes To Rules Extend The Period Before An Action Is Administratively Dismissed For Delay", December 2014"Court Of Appeal Allows Action Against Police And Crown To Continue: Phillion v. Ontario (Attorney General), 2014 ONCA 567", September 2014"Summary Judgment Granted In Claim For Subrogated Damages:", July 2014"Divisional Court Allows Examinations By Non-Health Practitioners: Ziebenhaus V. Bahlieda, 2014 ONSC 138", June 2014 Our Services Section Content 3BLG has expertise in a number of specialties and a number of our lawyers work predominantly in one or more of these specialty areas, which include:Professional liability including accountants, actuaries, engineers and architects, insurance brokers, lawyers, real estate brokers, investment advisers and financial plannersHospital/nursing/medical/malpracticeProduct liabilityAviation and marineDirectors' and officers' liabilityEnvironmental/pollutionDefamationE-commerceFraudLife and disabilityMotor vehicle liability and accident benefitsMunicipal/government/police LiabilityConstruction/surety/fidelitySexual abuse liabilityOccupiers' liabilityTavern and host liabilityProperty/subrogation Rankings & Recognition Section Content 4The Insurance and Tort Liability Group or its members are recognized:By the 2017 Benchmark Canada Awards as Insurance Firm of the Year. In the 2016 edition of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business.As the top-listed firm in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada®.In the 2016 edition of Benchmark Canada — The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Law Firms and Attorneys. In the 2015 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory.In the 2015 edition of Who's Who Legal: Canada.