Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, August 17

Aug 17, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


There are no Florida insurance-related events scheduled for today.



Daily Insurance-Related News

Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate Robin Westcott fears for insurance of troubled homes

Insurance Consumer Advocate Robin Westcott is asking the NAIC to take a look at reforming the lender-placed insurance market.

Florida Senator Mike Fasano:  Citizens Property’s “corporate welfare” carrot

Citizens Property Insurance Corp., Florida’s so-called insurer of last resort, has amassed a $6.1 billion surplus over the past several years. 


Citizens to change controversial reinspection program

Florida’s last-resort insurer Citizens says executives will talk Friday about changes to its controversial reinspection program affecting more than 225,000 customers.


Florida Online Home Insurance Tool Now Compares Auto Rates, Too

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has expanded its online homeowners insurance rate comparison program, Choices, to include the auto insurance.


Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters Launches Statewide Awareness Campaign

Marking the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew and of its own founding, the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (FAPIA) today launched a statewide public awareness and education campaign to highlight the consumer advocacy and protections that public insurance adjusters provide to policyholders.


Miccosukees accuse ex-leader of “diverting” $4 million to Miami lawyers in fatal car-crash case

The Miccosukee Tribe issued a double-barreled assault against its former leader and two Miami lawyers over $4 million in legal payments

The Miccosukee Tribe has jumped into a controversial Miami wrongful-death case, accusing former Chairman Billy Cypress of using the long-running dispute as cover to pay lawyers Guy Lewis and Michael Tein up to $4 million in legal fees – considerably more than the tribe first calculated.


Court rejects early voting changes; Florida officially gets access to federal database

A federal court on Thursday gave five Florida counties four extra days of early voting in this fall’s elections


Florida lawmakers restore $30 million in cuts to county clerk budgets

County clerks got good news Thursday as a panel of lawmakers approved Gov. Rick Scott’s request to restore nearly $30 million in cuts back to the clerks’ budgets.


Jon Costello, legislative affairs director to Florida Governor Rick Scott, is leaving effective September 7

Costello says his departure was entirely voluntary. He said he hasn’t lined up a job yet but he is being appointed to an unpaid seat on the Northwest Florida Water Management District board. 


NFL:  Make Insurers Defend Concussion-Related Lawsuits

The National Football League is seeking coverage from insurers that it says have refused to provide a defense as the league faces hundreds of concussion-related lawsuits from former players.



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