Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Friday, June 10, 2016

Jun 10, 2016


Florida Supreme Court Rejects Another Part of Workers’ Compensation System

For the second time in less than two months, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that part of the state’s workers’ compensation insurance system is unconstitutional.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Saunders reports via the Orlando Sentinel.


Storm Surge:  Florida Tops the Nation with Most Property at Risk

As the 2016 storm season opens, CoreLogic says South Florida still has more property at risk of storm surge than any metro area but New York, Jeff Ostrowski  reports for the Palm Beach Post.


Florida Justices Eye Constitutionality of Malpractice Caps

More than a dozen years after a fierce political fight about the state’s medical-malpractice laws, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday heard arguments in the appeal of a Broward County case about the constitutionality of limits on damages in malpractice lawsuits.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Saunders reports via the Palm Beach Post.


Legal Bill Limits’ Legality Challenged in Florida Hospital Case

 Lawyers representing the family of a child catastrophically injured at birth told the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday that a $100,000 limit on attorney’s fees — barely a fraction of the costs incurred in a decade-long court fight — is unconstitutional.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Dara Kam reports via the Ft. Myers News Press.


Florida Senator Gwen Margolis Retires

Florida Senator Gwen Margolis will no longer seek reelection and instead retire in November after four decades in politics, Patricia Mazzei and Amy Sherman report via the Tampa Bay Times.


Florida OKs Plan to Reduce Utility Hedging

Floridians are poised to lose another $560 million in 2016 as the state’s investor-owned electric utilities continue to lose big at the poker table by hedging their purchases of natural gas.  The Tampa Bay Times’ William R. Levesque reports via the Lakeland Ledger.


Tropical Storm Colin Dumped Rain North of Orlando, Sparing Lake Okeechobee from Rising

Lake Okeechobee discharges to the St. Lucie River are staying high, but at least they’re not getting higher.’s Tyler Treadway reports.


Missouri Regulator:  Risk Increases as Earthquake Insurance Market Shrinks

More than a half million Missourians are at risk because of the contracting Earthquake Insurance Market, Missouri Department of Insurance Director John M. Huff stated Thursday, June 9 during Denton’s Heartland Insurance Symposium in Kansas City.


Judge Blocks Order by Kentucky Governor to Abolish Workers’ Comp Commission

A Kentucky judge has issued a temporary injunction blocking Governor Matt Bevin’s executive order that abolished the Workers’ Compensation Nominating Commission and recreated a new one, Insurance Journal reports.


New California Death With Dignity Law Gives Terminally Ill Patients a Choice

The End of Life Option Act, Assembly Bill X2-15 (Eggman), goes into effect today.  Passed by the Legislature, signed by Governor Brown, and supported by Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, the Death with Dignity law allows patients of sound mind who are suffering from a terminal illness and meet certain qualifications to request aid-in-dying medication.




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