Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, September 14

Sep 14, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


There are no Florida insurance-related events scheduled for today.



Daily Insurance-Related News


Q&A with Florida Citizens Property Insurance CEO Barry Gilway:  Leading in the Public Sector

Two months ago when Barry Gilway took over as president of Florida’s state-run property insurer, Citizens Property Insurance Corp., he quickly learned there would be no honeymoon period.


    South Florida Officials Crack Down on Fake Auto Insurance Cards  

    South Florida officials are cracking down on fraudulent insurance cards after seeing an increase in the region.


    Dispute over Medicaid billing backlog continues

    Florida counties disputing their backlogged Medicaid bills could have more time to work out an agreement with the state after a stipulation was filed in Leon County Circuit Court on Monday to abate the case until the end of the year.


    Florida primary saw early voting surge across state

    More people took advantage of early voting in last month’s Florida primary than in any primary before it, despite Democratic fears that fewer days of early voting would suppress turnout.


    After mistakenly purging voters, Florida adds them back

    In a partial victory for voter rights and immigrant groups, Florida residents who were mistakenly removed from the voter rolls this year because the state classified them as noncitizens will be returned to the rolls and allowed to vote in November.


    Blog:  Longshot Democrat drops out in Florida Senate District 18 against Wilton Simpson

    Longshot Democrat Joshua Smith, 22, of Hudson dropped out of the race for Senate District 18, leaving Democrats until next Thursday to find a replacement candidate.


    Blog:  Close votes in Florida Senate could hinge on competitive races

    In the Florida Senate, every vote matters.


    Blog:  Florida Department of Children and Families furthers legal push for welfare drug-testing

    Florida’s Department of Children and Families furthered its legal push for drug-testing welfare applicants this week, asking for a federal judge to grant a motion of summary judgment in favor of the program.


    More South Florida households forgo bank accounts, survey says

    More South Florida households are going without bank accounts, according to a federal study released Wednesday.


    Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance pays $61 million to settle 2005 storm claims

    A state-run insurance company of last resort agreed Thursday to settle two remaining class-action lawsuits tied to claims handled after hurricanes Katrina and Rita.


    Financial Firms Adjust to U.S. Consumer Protection Bureau

    The new federal agency charged with enforcing consumer finance laws is emerging as an ambitious sheriff, taking on companies for deceptive fees and marketing and unmoved by protests that its tactics go too far.


    RMS Estimates Isaac Losses of Up to $2 Billion

    The latest estimate of U.S. insured losses from Hurricane Isaac falls between $1 billion and $2 billion, says Risk Management Solutions.


    Aljazeera:  Hurricane season reveals economic perils of ignoring climate predictions

    Warming surface waters are increasing tropical cyclone intensity, so why are we being so irresponsible?

    The correlation between warming surface waters and tropical cyclone intensity has been scientifically verified.


    Analysis:  Insurance funds no cure for Europe’s property credit crunch 

    When John Feeney, head of real estate debt at Henderson Global Investors, agreed to speak at a conference earlier this year, he was pressed to say how insurers would rescue Europe’s credit-starved property industry.



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