Florida Legislature News

Despite increasing assignment of benefits fraud, some see hope for reform

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 20, 2018

A surge of assignment of benefits fraud has left Florida residents with higher rates for their insurance, and the Florida Legislature has let another year go by without enacting changes to stop such instances of fraud.

House bill would reduce man's jury award by over $2 million

By Carrie Bradon | Feb 7, 2018

A man who was injured in an Orlando crash involving a county employee may be awarded $750,000 by Orange County rather than a $2.9 million award from a 2012 jury trial.

Florida drivers could avoid need to pay personal injury coverage in 2018

By Dee Thompson | Dec 13, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — Car insurance reform bills are again moving through the Florida Legislature. Sen. Tom Lee (R-Thonotassa) is sponsoring SB 150, which would repeal the no-fault rule requiring motorists to carry $10,000 worth of personal injury (PIP) coverage. Lee’s bill would require only medical payment and bodily-injury coverage. A similar bill (HB 19) is making its way through the Florida House.

Florida bills aim to compensate police, other first responders who suffer PTSD in line of duty

By Dee Thompson | Dec 13, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — Bills in the Florida legislature would change the law to provide worker’s compensation benefits to law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians or paramedics who suffer post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) injuries in the line of duty.

Florida’s civil litigation system helps rank state as nation's top 'judicial hellhole”

By Karen Kidd | Dec 13, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — Despite improvements last year, Florida's "most unfair" court system in civil litigation helped the Sunshine State beat out California to take the top spot in American Tort Reform Foundation's (ATRF) latest list of "judicial hellholes," the organization said in its latest annual report.

Appeals court ruling backs insurance policy holders

By Karen Kidd | Dec 6, 2017

With legislation pending over the controversial "assignment-of-benefits" practice, an appeals court in Florida has ruled an insurance company cannot restrict policy holder's ability to assign post-loss benefits.

Law firm gives to Florida house speaker's reelection campaign

By Glenn Minnis | Aug 8, 2017

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran seems to have the Midas touch in the world of political fundraising.

Advocates say new Florida insurance law a victory for consumers

By Mike Helenthal | Jul 3, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — Consumer advocates are hailing a new Florida law requiring life insurance companies to inform policyholders of their right to consult with a professional before agreeing to changes in their policies.

Guidelines for medical marijuana in Florida hazy after legislative fallout

By Dee Thompson | May 26, 2017

TALLAHASSEE —The fallout from the medical marijuana legislative debate has many wondering when the medical marijuana industry will be up and running, even after voters overwhelmingly voted to approve the expansion of legalizing medical marijuana last fall.

Prejudgment interest, medical malpractice bills fail in Florida Legislature

By Richard Jones | May 25, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — With the Florida Legislature on break, several high-profile bills currently tracked by the Florida Record have been met their legislative demise.

Appeals court reinstates workers' compensation rate hike

By Richard Jones | May 17, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — The 1st District Court of Appeals has overturned a 2016 ruling issued by a circuit court that invalidated a statewide increase in workers' compensation insurance rates.

Florida health care law firm steps up asset preservation efforts

By John Sammon | Apr 24, 2017

DELRAY BEACH — Malpractice lawsuits and regulatory laws in Florida that impact doctors and other health care providers have been increasing in recent years, along with requests from health care professionals on how they can protect themselves, leading attorney firms specializing in the field to provide more services.

Trial lawyers gaining influence at statehouse, Florida Justice Reform Institute says

By Taryn Phaneuf | Mar 25, 2017

It has been a busy legislative session for the Florida Justice Reform Institute (FJRI), a lobbying group that encourages state lawmakers to curb litigation abuse that hurts businesses in the state.

Proposed changes to Florida's medical-marijuana laws are causing concern

By Shanice Harris | Mar 13, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of Health is proposing rule changes to the medical-marijuana law in the state.

Call for term limits pits judicial independence against accountability

By Taryn Phaneuf | Mar 8, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — A move to bring “good government and accountability,” by setting term limits on some judicial offices has Florida lawmakers squaring off in a debate over accountability versus independence of the state’s judicial branch.

House committee passes bill seeking judicial term limits

By Taryn Phaneuf | Feb 23, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — A joint resolution seeking to set term limits on certain judicial offices passed an initial hurdle Tuesday in the Florida House of Representatives.

Homeowners face stiffer limits on sinkhole policies under state-created agency

By Kerry Goff | Dec 1, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Florida – According to an Oct. 20 Florida Supreme Court ruling, a homeowner’s rights under a sinkhole policy are limited once an insurer becomes insolvent and the claim goes to the Florida Insurance Guaranty Association (FIGA).

Florida attorneys debate Daubert Standard; court ruling to come soon

By Kristin Danley-Greiner | Nov 18, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – The Florida Supreme Court will rule on changes to the admissibility standard for expert testimony, which has been contested in past civil litigation cases.

Appeals court sides with circuit court in decision about sheriff's deputies

By Christopher Knoll | Nov 9, 2016

TALLAHASSEE -- An ongoing, six-year-old legal saga involving dismissed Okaloosa Sheriff's Officers Rick Hord, Jon Bush and John Lee has taken another turn.

Lawyer says legislation has not stopped texting and driving

By Michelle de Leon | Nov 3, 2016

MILTON, FLORIDA – The new law against texting while driving in Florida received a lukewarm response from citizens as offenders could only be punished if they are caught committing another traffic violation. That is, the “Florida Ban on Texting While Driving” law classified the violation as a secondary offense.

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