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October 15, 2021 By Shane H. Katz

What To Do If Attacked By A Dog

Dogs are man’s best friend for a reason.  They are lovable, loyal companions, that make excellent family pets.  However, sometimes man’s best friend isn’t so friendly, and people can suffer severe injuries when attacked by a dog. Most jurisdictions have laws that make dog owners strictly liable for the damage their dogs cause.  Strict liability makes the dog owner responsible for damages caused by the dog, regardless of anything the dog owner did or did not do.  In Ontario, the Dog Owners’ Liability Act states at provision 2(1) “The owner […]

August 23, 2021 By Shane H. Katz

Stay safe this summer out on the water!

Summer is a time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather with friends and family.  Especially after a cold and dark winter.  When summer hits, people love to flock to nearby lakes, and get out on the water. Summer fun on the water brings with it the risk of boating accidents.  There are no lanes, stop signs or traffic lights on the water, and a careless boat operator can easily create dangerous situations with nearby boats, and swimmers.  As a result, a boat operator needs to be vigilant in […]

May 11, 2020 By Shane H. Katz

Business Interruption Claims and the Coronavirus Pandemic

The global coronavirus pandemic has led many governments to close businesses deemed non-essential.  As a result, many business owners have been left with income losses through no fault of their own that they may not be able to recover. Most insurance policies that provide comprehensive coverage to businesses, provide coverage for income losses suffered when a business is unable to operate at its usual capacity because of a peril covered under the insurance policy.  This type of insurance coverage is known as business interruption insurance. Disputes that arise from business […]

December 3, 2018 By Shane H. Katz

Shane Katz quoted in Law Times

Shane Katz was interviewed in the December 3, 2018 Law Times  article entitled, “Judge says AI could have been used: Courts Mindful of Technology”. To read a copy of the article, click here. Shane H. KatzWhat To Do If Attacked By A DogStay safe this summer out on the water!Business Interruption Claims and the Coronavirus PandemicSet your Author Custom HTML Tab Content on your Profile page

August 21, 2017 By Shane H. Katz

Critical Disclosure in an Insurance Application

Written by Shane Katz / Insurance / August 17, 2017 Completing an application for life or disability insurance can be daunting. An applicant faces questions about their health history, addressing medical issues that the applicant may not fully understand or be aware of. The applicant may be inclined to answer the questions as quickly as possible or rely on a third party to answer the questions to hasten the completion of the application. As a result, most life and disability insurance claim denials are because of misrepresentations: non-disclosure of material facts on applications. Therefore an applicant must […]

May 3, 2017 By Shane H. Katz

Who’s Liable After a Dog Attack?

Under Ontario’s Dog Owners’ Liability Act, the owner of a dog is liable for damages resulting from a bite or attack by the dog on another person or domestic animal. This liability does not require any knowledge of the dog’s propensity to attack or bite, nor does it require any fault or negligence of the owner. Essentially, if a dog attacks or bites and causes damage, the owner of the dog will be required to pay for any damages caused by the dog, regardless of any extenuating circumstances that led […]

March 10, 2017 By Shane H. Katz

5 Things You Must Do After Being Injured in a Fall

5 Things You Must Do After Being Injured in a Fall Written by Shane Katz / Personal Injury / March 10, 2017 Large temperature fluctuations this winter have made conditions ripe for the formation of ice; with ice come slip & fall injuries. The laws of Ontario allow people who have suffered falls to pursue claims for damages when the slip was caused by negligence. To preserve your legal rights and collect the right evidence after suffering a fall on ice, there are a number of things that you should do. 1. Determine the Location […]

March 10, 2017 By Shane H. Katz

1588444 Ontario Ltd. v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company

In 1588444 Ontario Ltd. v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, 2017 ONCA 42, the Ontario Court of Appeal, specifically Justices Laskin, Feldman and Hourigan, were asked to overturn the Order of Justice H.K. O’Connell, dated October 16, 2015, dismissing State Farm’s motion for leave to amend its Statement of Defence. The claim arose out of a fire that destroyed a restaurant and banquet facility operated by the numbered company on June 4, 2006.  The investigation of the fire confirmed the cause to be arson.  The property was insured under a policy […]

April 13, 2016 By Shane H. Katz


Pursuant to the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule, a claimant must mediate a denial of a benefit within two years of the denial prior to suing the insurer for the benefit. In Plaintiff v. RBC General Insurance Company, 2016 ONCA 257, the Plaintiff appealed an order dismissing her action for catastrophic injury benefits under the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule.  The motion judge concluded that the Plaintiff’s failure to mediate the insurer’s denial of her catastrophic impairment status within two years of the denial barred her from commencing an action with the […]

January 29, 2016 By Shane H. Katz

Case Commentary on Cobb v. Long Estate

Shane Katz provides commentary on Cobb v. Long Estate in the January edition of the OBA Insurance Law Newsletter. To read the full article, please click here. This article originally appeared in the Ontario Bar Association Insurance Law website: “Despite the recent decision in El-Khodr v. Lackie, 2015 ONSC 4766 [El-Khodr], courts are still being requested to determine the appropriate deductible for general damages and pre-judgment interest  on general damages in matters relating to motor vehicle accidents that commenced prior to the January 1, 2015, amendment to theInsurance Act. The […]