Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, October 2, 2015

Oct 2, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


There are no insurance-related events scheduled for today.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News

Four more insurers aim to nab Citizens customers in clearinghouse

By early 2016, four more insurers are set to join 14 others in a clearinghouse that boots renewing customers out of state-run Citizens Property Insurance if a private carrier offers coverage for the same price or less.  Charles Elmore reports for the Palm Beach Post.


Researcher says Florida’s Citizens Property Insurance is regressive and risky

In a 2015 paper, Kyle D. Logue of The University of Michigan and Omri Ben-Shahar of the University of Chicago show that the amount of subsidy a household receives from Citizens increases with wealth.  The DeVoe L. Moore Research Center’s Matt Kelly explains in


Montana Joins Florida, Others in Banning Price Optimization

Montana has become the 12th state to ban insurers from charging more to consumers who are less likely to shop around, based on black-box software companies use.  The Palm Beach Post’s Charles Elmore reports for the “Protecting Your Pocket” blog.


Results released from insurance fraud operation in three South Florida cities

Police departments in DavieMiramar and Pembroke Pines joined together last week to check motorists’ insurance paperwork for fraud.  The Sun-Sentinel’s Linda Trischitta reports.


Tampa-area public transportation agency calls for legal cease-fire with Uber, Lyft

There may be a temporary cease-fire in the ongoing legal battle between local regulators and rideshare companies, Tampa Bay Times’ Caitlin Johnston reports.


Feds, pharmacies grapple with Florida pain pill dilemma

Florida patients are caught in the crosshairs of a state and national crackdown on prescription pill abuse that’s morphed into a dreaded “pharmacy crawl” by people suffering from cancer, chronic pain and other illnesses but who can’t get their doctors’ orders for pain medications filled.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Dara Kam reports via


“Natural” tobacco company faces federal suit for deceptive advertising

A company that makes the popular Natural American Spirit cigarettes has been accused of deceptive advertising in a federal class action lawsuit filed in Florida, Daniel Ducassi reports for


Confie Acquires Alabama, New York, Florida Brokers

National personal lines insurance broker Confie said it has acquired four insurance brokers with locations in Alabama, western New York and Florida, Insurance Journal reports.


As Legislature returns to Tallahassee, Scott is headed to New York

A cranky Florida Legislature returns to Tallahassee next week for a full schedule of committee meetings, including a closer look at budget requests by the state agencies under Governor Rick Scott’s control.  Steve Bousquet reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.


If you can’t find an affordable rent in Florida, you’re not alone

California and New York are national bastions of housing unaffordability, but a new study says Florida has the highest share of renters who spend more than half their income on housing, the Palm Beach Post’s Jeff Ostrowski reports.


Wilton Simpson files legislation on public records litigation

A Pasco County senator has filed legislation to protect businesses that do work for government agencies from being harassed with lawsuits over public records violations.  Jim Rosica reports for


Ritual sacrifice, eugenics and the resignation of a party chairman

Adrian Wyllie has decided to resign as chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida because the rest of the party’s executive committee was unwilling to openly oppose Augustus Sol Invictus, the only declared candidate for the party’s U.S. Senate nomination.  Tampa Bay Times’ Adam Smith notes THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA story.


Judge Refuses To Stop Florida Bear Hunt

The Florida black bear hunt scheduled to start October 24 can go ahead despite complaints, the Associated Press reports via the Naples Daily News.


California Insurance Commissioner Announces Bid for State Attorney General

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced via a mass email late Thursday that he’s running for the office of California Attorney General in a little over two years, Insurance Journal reports.


The Seibels Bruce Group, Inc. Announces Establishment of New Project Management Office, Appoints Dallas M. Covington PMO Director

The Seibels Bruce Group, Inc., an insurance services provider of business process outsourcing solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dallas M. Covington to Project Management Office Director.




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