Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Friday, December 23, 2016

Dec 23, 2016


Jeff Atwater:  Arrest Made in $100,000 Fraud Against Citizens Insurance

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater on Thursday announced the arrest of a Miami Man on Charges that he posed as a Licensed Public Adjuster to Defraud Citizens Property Insurance of nearly $100,000 in Inflated Insurance Claims, reports.

·         Unlicensed Adjuster Accused of Water Claim Fraud


Three Florida Hotels Accused of Price-Gouging During Hurricane

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said Thursday in a Statement that Civil Actions have been taken against three hotels in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk Counties, the Associated Press reports.

·         Damages from Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew Near $1.6 Billion


Southeast Regulation Report Card: North Carolina Flunks; Florida, South Carolina Dispute Grades

Other States, including Florida and South Carolina, fared better but their Regulators still dispute some of R Street’s Claims in its Report and say some are based on inaccurate information, Insurance Journal reports.

·         State Regulation Report Card:  R Street Grades Them from Best to Worst


Woman Says Union Security Insurance Company Incorrectly Denied Benefits

Sherri Fowler Filed a Complaint on December 5 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Union Security Insurance Company, alleging that the Insurance Firm denied her Claim for Disability Benefits.  Wadi Reformado reports for the Florida Record.


Florida Ruling Upends More Than 100 Death Sentences

Well over 100 Death Sentences in Florida are Invalid and must go back to Trial Courts for Resentencing, the State Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, potentially placing a Major Burden on Prosecutors, Defense Lawyers and the Courts.  Richard Perez-Pena reports for the New York Times.


Weatherford Says He Won’t Run for Florida Governor in 2018

Republican Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is considered the Front Runner among Republicans to replace GOP Gov. Rick Scott, who by State Law cannot run for a Third Term.  Among the Top Democrats are outgoing U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham and Orlando Trial Attorney John Morgan.  Christine Sexton reports for Politico Florida.


Go-Ahead Given for Deepening Port Everglades

Port Officials said Thursday that the Corps can move ahead with the Project now that President Obama Signed into the Law last week the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act.  The Associated Press reports via the Tampa Tribune.


Palm Beach County Delegation Backs Push for Reimbursement for Trump Expenses

Palm Beach County’s Congressional Delegation has written to Federal Officials seeking Reimbursement for Expenses the County has incurred providing Security to President-Elect Donald Trump.  Wayne Washington reports for the Palm Beach Post.


Judge Says No To Governor Scott, Won’t Reconsider Ruling on Gambling 

A Federal Judge has flatly refused a request from Governor Rick Scott’s Administration to reconsider a Ruling that Florida Violated a Gambling Agreement with the Seminole Tribe.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Saunders reports.


Gun Seizures Soar 69 Percent at Orlando Airports

The amount of guns confiscated at Orlando’s Two Major Airports was up 69 percent as the Airports entered the busiest travel season of the year.  The Orlando Sentinel reports via




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