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  1. Léonie Gagné and Jonathan Lacoste-Jobin presented a conference intitled “Practical advice to claim adjusters : from the loss to the trial”

    On May 11, Léonie Gagné and Jonathan Lacoste-Jobin, respectively an associate and a partner from our Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group presented a seminar to claim adjusters from Cuierrier & Associés and select clients at the Le Mirage Golf Club in Terrebonne. Entitled “Practical advice to claim adjusters: from the loss to the trial”, the seminar provided claim adjusters with advice to assist them when investigating and recovering indemnities paid by the insurer as well as with the insured’s defense. The conference covered among other subjects the drafting a reservation of rights letter, notices that can be sent by claim adjusters, a review of the new Code of Civil Procedure, and an overview of related decisions.

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  2. Léonie Gagné moderates a seminar at the Insurtech QC 2017 Day

    On April 3, Léonie Gagné, a lawyer in our Litigation and Conflict Resolution Group, moderated a seminar during the Insurtech QC 2017 Day, which was held at the Quebec City port terminal as part of the Semaine numérique (Digital Week) in Quebec City. The seminar, entitled Répondre aux besoins des nouveaux consommateurs : l'assurance de l'économie collaborative (Responding to the Needs of the New Consumer: Insurance of Collaborative Economics), the two speakers Emmanuelle Mury, co-founder of InsPeer, a French peer-to-peer insurance platform, and Tim Attia, CEO of Slice Labs, an American on-demand insurance platform, discussed the topic of the transformation of the insurance industry and the emergence of insurance platforms in this new era of Insurance 2.0.

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  3. Léonie Gagné leads a discussion at the Journée de l’assurance de dommages 2017

    On March 14, Léonie Gagné, a lawyer in the Litigation and Conflict Resolution Group, led a discussion as part of the sixth annual Journée de l’assurance de dommages (damage insurance conference) at the Montréal Convention Centre organized by the Journal de l’assurance, this year’s theme being “Connectés à l’assurance réinventée” (Connected to reinvented insurance). Over the years, the Journée de l’assurance has become an event not to be missed in the insurance industry. The panel discussion, entitled L’économie collaborative change la société : l’assurance en fera-t-elle partie ? (the sharing economy is changing society: will insurance be part of that change?), saw panelists examine the business potential for insurers and insurance brokers in the emergence of the sharing economy.

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  4. Jonathan Lacoste-Jobin and Léonie Gagné publish an article in La ChADPresse

    Jonathan Lacoste-Jobin, partner, and Léonie Gagné, lawyer, have published an article entitled “Une cueillette d’information approfondie peut porter ses fruits” (“Thorough information gathering can bear fruit”) in the Winter 2016 edition of La ChADPresse. In the article, they discuss the key elements that can justify the ab initio cancellation of an insurance policy. A recent Superior Court decision in Laporte c. Intact, compagnie d’assurances shows that an in-depth investigation by the claims adjuster can be necessary and useful in obtaining the information required for such an argument.

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  5. Léonie Gagné interviewed on the “Airbnb Act” by the Journal de l’assurance

    Léonie Gagné, a lawyer in the Litigation group, was interviewed for an article on the “Airbnb Act”published in the Journal de l’assurance on September 29, 2016. In the article, she gives an overview of the main obligations and issues that stem from the Act mainly to improve the regulation of tourist accommodation and to define a new system of governance as regards international promotion, which modifies the Regulation respecting tourist accommodation establishments. She also outlines the responsibilities of renters and owners, as well as the challenges insurers face since the Act came into force in April 2016. 

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  6. Léonie Gagné discusses her career transition towards the field of law in the DTRC’s Annual Report

    Léonie Gagné, a litigation lawyer at Lavery, is interviewed on her career change in the  Dancer Transition Resource Centre’s 2014/2015 Annual Report in an article entitled "From Winning Applause to Winning Cases" . Before practising law, Leonie devoted herself for more than ten years as a professional classical ballet dancer in Toronto, in particular with the National Ballet of Canada : ‘Léonie Gagné had high hopes for her second career. ‘I wanted to find something I was proud of and that matched my ambitions,’ the former ballet dancer revealed. While her career transition is characterized by careful planning and incremental career changes, she has found all the passion and excitement she was looking for in her new career as a litigator. In 2014/15, Léonie became an associate at Lavery De Billy, a prominent Quebec law firm, practising in the areas of insurance law, civil and professional liability as well as product liability.’ Discover Leonie’s career transition and the reasons that motivated her to choose law by reading the article available here.

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  7. Lavery lawyer Léonie Gagné contributed to the community by offering free legal consultations at the Bar of Montreal’s Salon VISEZ DROIT

    Léonie Gagné, a litigation lawyer at Lavery, offered free legal consultations in her area of practice at the 19th annual Salon VISEZ DROIT, organized by the Bar of Montreal on April 12. Committed to giving back to the community, Ms. Gagné decided to volunteer her time and expertise for this event which is organized to educate the public about their rights and obligations as well as promote a better understanding of the legal system. The Salon VISEZ DROIT consists of four days of law-related activities organized by the Bar of Montrealfor the general public. The 19th edition took place from Monday, April 11, to Thursday, April 14, 2016, at the Complexe Desjardins in Montréal, with actress Lynda Johnson serving as spokesperson. Thousands of visitors came to the event to meet the exhibitors and participate in the free activities offered.

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  8. Jonathan Lacoste-Jobin and Léonie Gagné publish an article on waiving the insurer’s right to deny coverage

    Jonathan Lacoste-Jobin and Léonie Gagné, lawyers in the firm’s Litigation group whose practice focuses mainly on insurance lawwrote an article entitled “Spoken words fly away, written words remain? Waiving the insurer’s right to deny coverage” published in the Spring edition of La ChADPresse. This free magazine, published four times a year by the Chambre de l’assurance de dommages, is distributed to more than 14 500 damage insurance agents and brokers, as well as claims adjusters. In the article, the authors conclude that: “The claims adjuster’s actions or representations could result in the insurer being deprived of its right to deny coverage or to invoke an exclusion in the insurance policy. It is therefore essential to draw up a clear, comprehensive reservation of rights letter and give it to the insured as soon as possible after the loss occurs in order to avoid an implicit waiver being held against the insurer..” To read the full article, please click here.

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