Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, January 25

Jan 25, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Miami “Cuban Barbie” to sue insurance broker

Real Housewives of Miami star Alexia Echevarria is the latest U.S. star to sue her insurance broker for $2 million, claiming she was “inundated with medical bills” after her son Frankie’s car crash, according to TMZ.


Blog:  By a nearly 40-point margin, Florida voters favor accepting federal funds to broaden health care coverage through Medicaid

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network commissioned a statewide survey to explore voters’ attitudes toward accepting federal funds to provide more uninsured adults with health coverage through Medicaid.


Federal Drug Enforcement agents investigating more Sunshine Pharmacy locations

Drug enforcement agents were back at a Naples pharmacy Thursday for the second time in a week.


Florida justices reject equal wrongdoer defense

The Florida Supreme Court says defendants in contracting cases cannot claim plaintiffs are equal wrongdoers as a common law defense.


Funds flow to foreclosure aid, but distressed homes to remain drag on Florida

Flanked by Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford, Attorney General Pam Bondi on Thursday reaffirmed her commitment to see all of the money from a multistate settlement with five large banks.


Florida House speaker wants 401(k) for state retirement accounts

House Speaker Will Weatherford will battle state workers to get one of his top priorities passed.


Blog:  Florida House Speaker Weatherford opposed to GOP Electoral College plans

Republicans in five states, notably Virginia, have discussed changing the way they award Electoral College votes in presidential races by apportioning them on each congressional district, rather than the state’s popular vote.


Blog:  Florida Governor Rick Scott has big fight on his hands over teacher raises

Governor Rick Scott’s plan to give every teacher a $2,500 across-the-board pay raise is in for a rough ride in the Florida Legislature.


Court rejects 2 Florida pari-mutuel conversions

An appellate court says a Florida law that would have let two jai alai operators convert their pari-mutuel licenses to dog racing is unconstitutional.


Florida Democratic Party leader pick could hinge on Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County could play a key role as the Florida Democratic Party braces for a close election for a new chairman on Saturday.


Blog:  Will botched transparency contract spawn reforms in how legislators govern themselves?

A botched $5.5 million state contract for a transparency web site, signed in secret by the chief of staff of a former Senate president, may have an unintended consequence:  Forcing legislators to follow the rules they require of everyone else.


Red tide presence strengthens along Naples beaches, but fish kills decline

Fewer dead fish linked to red tide are washing ashore at Naples beaches compared with several days ago, but tests indicate the microscopic algae has a stronger presence than last week, according to Collier County officials.


Mormon church could block train to link Orlando International Airport and South Florida

The Mormon church could stymie efforts to build a $1.5 billion train between South Florida and Orlando International Airport by not allowing tracks on land it once owned.


U.S. in Longest Stretch Without Major Hurricane Landfall Since 1860s

The U.S. has gone seven consecutive years without a landfalling major hurricane, the longest stretch since the 1860s, a meteorologist with Aon Benfield’s catastrophe modeler says.


New York Insurers Sandy Response Report Card Shows 0.48 percent Claims Complaint Rate

The New York regulators’ latest “report cards” on the performance of insurers in the wake of Superstorm Sandy shows that 1,830 consumer complaints have been filed from 381,827 Sandy-related claims – at the rate of 0.48 percent.


Judge:  State Farm-Rigsby Settlement Talks Would Not Be Productive

A settlement conference slated to take place between State Farm and two sisters accusing the insurer of rigging engineering reports after Hurricane Katrina has been canceled.


Institute for Highway Safety Expanding in Virginia

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is planning a $30 million expansion at its Ruckersville campus.



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