Top court widens scope for appeals of insurance contract disputes

The Supreme Court has clarified when an appeal court should defer to the trier of fact in interpreting standard form contracts, which are commonly used in insurance policies. Ledcor Construction Ltd. v. Northbridge Indemnity Insurance Co., released today, overturned an Alberta Court of Appeal decision that had found an insurance company was not required to cover the cost of replacing windows that had been scratched by cleaners on a construction site.
Eugene Meehan represented the construction company that was denied insurance coverage.During construction, window cleaners had used improper tools and methods and ultimately the windows had to be replaced. …
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