Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, June 28

Jun 28, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

10:00 a.m.–Florida Insurance Guaranty Association Board of Directors meeting.  Tallahassee, Florida.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Florida Supreme Court Rules Against Geico in Personal Injury Examination Under Oath Case

In a blow to the insurance industry, a divided Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Geico could not require a woman to give a statement under oath as a condition of receiving injury benefits after an auto accident, reports Jim Saunders of the News Service of Florida via


Legislators Want Districts Public Hearing on Citizens Property Insurance Rate Hike

Two legislators who have been critical of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. say they will ask regulators to conduct a hearing to consider the state-run company’s 7.5 percent statewide average rate hike proposal near their districts, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.


Questions surface about Hardee County hurricane insurance claims payments

A retired deputy sheriff says Hardee County received big dollars to fix up the alleged storm damage and he wants to know where all the money went, according to this WTSP-TV Tampa Bay investigation by Mike Deeson.


State Farm Agent Mike Hill Has Freshman Advantage in Florida House

Legislators are limited to four full terms in the House but they also can serve a part of a fifth term.  This extra time for “redshirt freshmen” can help them rise to prominence in Tallahassee, explains Kevin Derby for


Florida Supreme Court Rules Against Pre-Surgery Damages Agreement

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled unenforceable a doctor’s financial and arbitration agreement with a patient prior to surgery because it lacked an admission of liability by the medical provider, Insurance Journal reports.


With Broward County Commissioner’s Filing, Race for State Representative Waldman’s Seat Now Democratic Primary

A major Democratic primary is forming in Broward County for an open Florida House seat, explains Kevin Derby for


Environmental Permitting Speed Bonus Plan Irks Florida Legislator

Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection wants to award $571,961 in bonuses to 269 regulatory employees based on criteria including faster permit processing and feedback from customers including permit applicants, reports Bruce Ritchie for The Florida Current.


Super-Fast Casino Boat is Bimini-Bound

A ship that can scoot to Bimini and back twice a day will open for business next week, offering services that are illegal on dry land, reports Nick Sortal for the Sun-Sentinel.


Mississippi Lawmakers begin Medicaid Special Session

Mississippi lawmakers on Thursday started a special session designed to keep Medicaid alive and funded beyond this weekend, reports Emily Wagster Pettus in the Tampa Tribune.


California Dominates National Insurance Crime Bureau List of Top Auto Theft States

Following an eight-year downturn, U.S. auto theft is on the rise. According to the latest Hot Spots report, the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s annual per-capita review of the nation’s metropolitan statistical areas, vehicle theft swelled 1.3 percent in 2012, when compared with 715,373 incidents in 2011, Christina Bramlet reports for National Underwriter’s


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