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Sometimes small disputes about technical matters unearth deeper truths about how the law works. This happened in a decision released on January 27, 2017 by the Supreme Court of Canada. Sabean v Portage La Prairie Mutual Insurance Co on its face concerned a narrow issue of interpretation defining amounts payable under automobile insurance policies. In resolving this issue, the Court bumped into a much more general issue concerning whether and how jurisprudence influences the meaning of words used in private contracts.

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A recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal makes the question of who you trust with your car more difficult to answer.

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In Ledcor Construction Limited v. Northbridge Indemnity Insurance Company, 2015 ABCA 121, the Alberta Court of Appeal was required to rule on the meaning of a provision of an insurance policy covering all loss suffered during the construction of an office tower (the "Policy").

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The recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court in Versa Fittings v. Berkley Insurance Co. (2015 ONSC 1756) reinforces that a Rule 21 motion is an expedient way to secure a ruling on whether an insurer's duty to defend has been triggered.  

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The Court of Appeal recently released a decision that serves as a reminder to all counsel: never lose sight of who you act for.