Gascoigne v. Desjardins Financial Security Life Assurance Company


Fasken acted as lead appellate counsel for the respondent, Desjardins Financial on an appeal from a decision of the Supreme Court denying the claimant a lump sum payment of future benefits under a group policy of disability insurance.

The appellant also appealed the trial judge’s conclusion that Desjardins conduct did not entitle her to punitive damages.

Fasken successfully argued on appeal that there was no basis for the Court of Appeal to overturn long standing rules against granting an insured a lump sum payment of future disability benefits. The Court of Appeal also agreed that a finding of a lack of good faith on the part of an insurer does not automatically entitle a plaintiff to punitive damages.

The Fasken team included Jonathan Lim (Picture) and Tom Posyniak.

Involved fees earner: Jonathan Lim – Fasken Martineau; Tom Posyniak – Fasken Martineau;

Law Firms: Fasken Martineau;

Clients: Desjardins Financial Security Life Assurance;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti