Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, June 26, 2015

Jun 26, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Florida’s billion-dollar stucco problem

Most Florida homes are covered in stucco, which is basically a layer of cement designed to seal your home from moisture.  But when stucco is applied too quickly, it can lead to cracking, which can then allow water in.  Most Florida homes are also at least partially built with wood, which can rot and mold when moisture is allowed in.  WTSP’s Noah Pransky reports.


Dennis Ross, Patrick Murphy Join Forces Again on Flood Insurance

On Thursday, two Florida congressmen — Republican U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross and Democrat U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy — joined forces to bring back the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act.  Kevin Derby reports for


Orlando PIP clinic owner faces 50 years in prison on charges of fraud

Dr. Troy Godsey and Renata Berriel Deazevedo of Spine Health Solutions PA in Orlando have been arrested on charges of defrauding three insurance companies of $100,000, according to the Florida Division of Insurance Fraud.  Rachael Williams reports for the Orlando Business Journal.


Florida CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Workers’ Comp Arrests

Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced the arrests of six in Central Florida tied to an elaborate Workers’ Compensation insurance fraud scheme last week.  Caterina Pontoriero reports for National Underwriter’s


Florida politicians react to Affordable Care Act Supreme Court ruling published a compilation of reactions from Florida’s elected officials and politicians on yesterday’s Affordable Care Act ruling.


Rick Scott drops Medicaid expansion, hospital funds lawsuit

Florida Governor Rick Scott is dropping a lawsuit against the Obama administration after reaching an agreement over federal hospital funds.  The Associated Press reports via


Florida Supreme Court cracks down on errant judges

An investigation by THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Dara Kam found that the number of judges facing sanctions jumped last year and that the high court is more often seeking harsher penalties than those originally proposed by the state Judicial Qualifications Commission. features the story.


Florida TaxWatch Releases Annual “Turkey” Report

With every new budget for each fiscal year comes another annual legislative tradition: Florida TaxWatch’s yearly “Turkey” report, which identifies the projects which squeaked into the state budget — and passed — at the last minute.  Allison Nielsen reports for


Insurers Disappointed as U.S. Supreme Court Backs Disparate Impact Claims

The U.S. Supreme Court said people who file housing-discrimination suits don’t have to show they were victims of intentional bias, in a blow to lenders and insurers and a surprise legal victory for the Obama Administration.  Bloomberg’s Greg Stohr reports.


Congressman Tom Rooney:  Time to Reform Federal Regulatory Crime Code

U.S. Representative Tom Rooney, R-Fla., testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Thursday on the need to reform federal regulatory crimes and incarceration policies.  Kevin Derby reports for




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