Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report–Friday, May 23, 2014
May 23, 2014
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Many Panhandle business owners are facing a similar struggle in the aftermath of last month’s widespread flooding, writes Scott Davidson for the Pensacola News-Journal.
Fitch Ratings upgrades the rating on Florida Housing Finance Corporation’s affordable housing guaranty fund to ‘A+’ from ‘A-‘. The Rating Outlook is Stable.
Some home and business owners may see a reduction in their insurance rates after Aug. 1, Sebring city officials said. Jay Meisel of FireHouse.com reports.
Florida-based Brown & Brown Inc. said it has completed its acquisition of specialty and flood insurance company The Wright Insurance Group, LLC.
Research suggests that Floridians pay a “fraud tax”of almost $100 a year in higher auto insurance premiums, Scott Johnson of WJXT-TV in Jacksonville reports.
Lawyers and witnesses trudged along Thursday in a long-lasting, stop-and-go fight over just how many trauma centers Florida should have, the Tampa Tribune’s James Rosica reports.
The First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee sided Thursday with Republican political consultants and ordered that 538 pages of their documents may be considered confidential “trade secrets” and should not be entered as evidence in the pending trial over the state’s congressional districts, Mary Ellen Klas reports for the Miami Herald’s “Naked Politics” blog.
A trial challenging congressional district boundaries created in 2012 by the Republican-led Florida Legislature held its fourth day in Tallahassee, with key legislative staffers testifying, John Kennedy reports for the Palm Beach Post.
Florida Supreme Court justices on Wednesday handed off an “emergency lawsuit” challenging elected officials’ use of blind trusts to the Leon County Circuit Court, SunshineStateNews.com reports.
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday sided with the South Florida Water Management District in a battle about the extent of evidence needed to impose financial penalties on a land developer, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via the Palm Beach Post.
Newly re-elected State Representative Eric Eisnaugle announced today he is endorsing his former colleague Shawn Harrison in his quest to reclaim State House District 63.
Fifteen Tampa Bay legislators, all Republicans, have earned “A”s from the Florida Chamber of Commerce on its 2014 Legislative Report Card, the Tampa Tribune reports.
Al Austin, Tampa developer, philanthropist and heavyweight Republican fundraiser, died Wednesday night at 85, William March reports for the Tampa Tribune.
The Medical Loss Ratio provision of the Affordable Care Act is “working the way we hoped it would,” Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, D-W. Va., said at a contentious Senate hearing yesterday during which Republicans challenged aspects of the law. Arthur Postal reports for National Underwriter’s PropertyCasualty360.com.
Legislation has been introduced in Congress that would allow members of the U.S. military to retain their auto-insurance policies when they are transferred to new bases, Arthur Postal reports for National Underwriter’s PropertyCasualty360.com.
Ride-sharing services Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. were accused of racketeering in a lawsuit by Connecticut taxi and livery firms, which said the companies “prey parasitically” on established services, Bloomberg’s Christie Smythe reports via Insurance Journal.
Despite risking offense to non-believers, Hank Watkins didn’t hesitate when he was asked if climate change was upon us, Don Jergler reports for Insurance Journal.
There are compelling reasons for the insurance industry to be paying greater attention to wildfires, the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board writes.
The dollar amount of insurance claims and collateral damage that would result if a 335-foot prehistoric lizard really did hit San Francisco could make Godzilla’s latest box office ticket sales seem pale in comparison, Laura Mazzuca Toops writes for National Underwriter’s PropertyCasualty360.com.
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