TALLAHASSEE - A revamped bill that aims to address rising assignment-of-benefits concerns in Florida passed the state Senate’s Judiciary Committee Tuesday, but still failed to win support from the insurance industry and business interests.
Michael Carroll News
TALLAHASSEE – A Florida Senate panel gave a thumbs-up Tuesday to a bill that would prevent property insurers from including attorney fees and other legal costs in their rate base, despite opposition from insurance firms and other business interests.
Insurance industry officials in Florida have yet to see evidence a wave of costly third-party claims stemming from Hurricane Irma, but companies are bracing for an uptick in what’s called assignment-of-benefits (AOB) cases.
Florida insurance companies are warning property owners who sustained damage from Hurricane Irma to avoid fraud by not signing away their insurance rights to third parties.
Some Florida counties are seeing a major spike in auto glass litigation, generating fears that auto insurance premiums may follow the trajectory of rising property insurance rates in the state.
A constitutional amendment to impose 12-year term limits on state Supreme Court and appellate judges passed the Florida House by a bare one-vote margin last week, but it will now go before senators who have voiced skepticism about judicial term limits.
Florida may be a Republican trifecta—meaning the GOP controls the governor’s office and both houses of the legislature—but political observers don’t expect hard-right ballot measures to spew out of the newly appointed Constitution Revision Commission.
WEST PALM BEACH -- Dyadic International has settled its legal malpractice dispute with Greenberg Traurig after a Florida judge struck down Dyadic’s claim to more than $700 million in damages.
WEST PALM BEACH -- A Florida biotech firm’s financial meltdown in April 2007 stemmed not from bad legal advice but the actions of a subsidiary that had become a “self-sustaining criminal enterprise,” the company’s chief financial officer has testified.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A biotech company’s financial near-death spiral in 2007 was largely the fault of its chief executive officer, not the attorneys advising the firm, defense witnesses testified last week.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Negligent lawyers were “driving the bus” when the board of directors of Dyadic International made fateful decisions in 2007 that sent the biotech company barreling toward the financial cliff, a witness told jurors last week.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Attorneys representing the biotechnology firm Dyadic International continued to parade witnesses before a Florida jury recently as they built their case that ruinous legal advice caused the company’s market value to nosedive.
What might be termed a grip-and-grimace lawsuit will go to trial in Palm Beach this spring to decide whether a 2004 handshake between two attorneys led to years of pain and medical treatments for one of them.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Greenberg Traurig attorneys gave a Florida biotech firm bad legal advice that precipitated a crisis atmosphere a decade ago and sent the company on a downward financial spiral, an expert witness recently testified at a legal-malpractice trial last week.
WEST PALM BEACH — The chief executive of a Florida biotech company told jurors this week that an attorney with the Greenberg Traurig law firm pressured him to resign from his post in 2007, after which the company went into a financial tailspin that saw its net worth allegedly drop by more than $180 million.
ORLANDO – The Florida distributor of a dietary supplement that claimed to cure herpes has stopped distributing the product after agreeing to a consent decree, both the Justice Department and the Food and Drug Administration announced recently.
ST. PETERSBURG – Ensuring that today’s law students have the resources, skills and outlook to navigate the challenging legal landscape of the future is no longer just the purview of law schools and individual professors; legal firms themselves have also gotten into the act.
THE VILLAGES – An effort to impose term limits on appellate and state Supreme Court judges in Florida died in the state Senate last month, but opponents vow to fight the idea if it resurfaces in the legislature next year.
TAMPA – After serving for nearly a decade in the Office of Statewide Prosecution -- a stint that included prosecuting former Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer for bilking the party out of $125,000 – special counsel Michael S. Williams begins a new job on Monday on the Hillsborough County Court bench.
NAPLES -- Having seen too many public officeholders in Florida profit from their positions and suffer ethical lapses that damage the public trust, Collier County Judge Mike Carr has called for the creation of a more muscular Commission on Ethics that could help push dishonest public servants out of office.