“Repeat Offender” – Wawanesa Insurance Found Liable for $100,000 in Punitive Damages

“Repeat Offender” – Wawanesa Insurance Found Liable for $100,000 in Punitive Damages

On June 22, 2012 ‘repeat offender’ Wawanesa was found liable for punitive damages of $100,000 in a judgment against it. In a case in which an elderly couple suffered fire and smoke damages to their home, the Court agreed with Singer Kwinter’s arguments, and its use of the descriptor that Wawanesa was a ‘repeat offender’. The plaintiffs who are of limited means and elderly, took on one of the biggest property insurers with unlimited means and fought for the compensation they deserved. The Court not only awarded compensation for the damages to the client’s home, it also found that the insurance company should bear punitive damages.

Singer Kwinter won a Judgement against Wawanesa in 2003 in which punitive damages were also awarded against this insurer – thus the descriptor.

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Read Canadian Underwriter article here.

Read the York Region story here.

June 22, 2012 Alfred M. Kwinter, Jason D. Singer Brandiferri v Wawanesa Insurance Company