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Vol. 6, Iss. 8
October 11, 2017

Congratulations Michael Teitelbaum:
Ontario Insurance Law & Commentary (2018 Edition) Released

I am pleased to report that Lexis has just published the 2018 Edition of Ontario Insurance Law & Commentary by Michael Teitelbaum of Toronto’s Hughes Amys LLP.

Lexis describes the book as the “one-stop legal guide for non-automobile insurance law in Ontario,” featuring an overview of the principles and key issues in liability, property and life insurance, plus an annotated review of selected key provisions of the Insurance Act.

As someone who knows the challenges of writing an insurance law book, I always enjoy congratulating someone who has done that, as well as checking out how they approached the task.


Michael and his colleagues take an interesting, unique and effective tack to presenting the information in Ontario Insurance Law & Commentary. They strive to encapsulate, annotate and update Ontario’s (and, as readers will see, common law Canada’s) insurance law on an annual basis. Michael advises that the first section provides an overview of the law, and is updated every year with new jurisprudence (including many cases that have been released over the past year that are not included in the third “Recent Case Law” section). The second section consists of thumbnail summaries of case law that considers some of the key provisions of Ontario’s Insurance Act. And, the third section contains a detailed review of what have been identified as the key decisions over the past few years, including providing some perspective on them.

Michael tells me he and his associates add several cases to the third section every year, and part of the ongoing writing and editing process involves incorporating cases that, depending on the decision, are about four years old into the first section. The newly-added cases are briefly referenced and discussed in the first section, and then explored in more depth in the third section.

The book provides a perspective and analysis of issues that goes miles beyond simply a description of what the court said. Getting Michael’s views on the issues, along with detailed and nuanced legal support, provides guidance like none that I’ve ever seen.

It’s also interesting to see the similarities and differences between Ontario/Canadian law and U.S. insurance law. From time to time, Michael sprinkles in some U.S. law references in the Commentary’s footnotes noting their potential relevance to Canadian law. I was flattered to see some references to this newsletter when he does that.

I can’t imagine someone, who has anything to do with Ontario insurance law (or, indeed, insurance law in Canada for that matter, particularly the common law provinces, but also Quebec where I understand some of the common law decisions have some application), not having Ontario Insurance Law & Commentary at their fingertips. Congratulations Michael on the 2018 edition of this must-have book. More information, and how to order, is here.

And, anyone interested in keeping abreast of Canadian (and particularly Province of Ontario), insurance and tort law case law may wish to check out Michael’s Blawg on Hughes Amys LLP’s website, at http://www.hughesamys.com/blawg.

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