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.
Florida Legislature News
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran seems to have the Midas touch in the world of political fundraising.
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.
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.
TALLAHASSEE — With the Florida Legislature on break, several high-profile bills currently tracked by the Florida Record have been met their legislative demise.
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.
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.
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.
TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of Health is proposing rule changes to the medical-marijuana law in the state.
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.
TALLAHASSEE — A joint resolution seeking to set term limits on certain judicial offices passed an initial hurdle Tuesday in the Florida House of Representatives.
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).
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.
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.
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.