Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Monday, August 01, 2016

Aug 1, 2016


Florida’s Most Stolen Vehicle? Guess What Leads the New List

If you said the Altima, you’re right that it is the 2015 Model most commonly stolen in Florida and the country as a whole, the Palm Beach Post’s Charles Elmore reports for the “Protecting Your Pocket” blog.


Largest Lawsuit Against an Auditor Goes to Miami Court for $5.5 Billion

The largest-ever Lawsuit against an Auditing Firm is set to open Monday in a Miami-Dade County Circuit Court, pitting Big Four Firm PwC against a Trustee of the defunct Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corporation.  The Miami Herald’s Chabeli Herrera reports.


Florida Says Zika Mosquitoes Likely in State

Health Officials in Florida on Friday reported the first cases of local transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika Virus in Continental United States, Reuters reports via Insurance Journal.


Floridians Continue to Pull Plug on Landlines

Florida residents and businesses are continuing to get rid of traditional telephone lines as they rely on wireless phones and internet technology, according to a state report released Friday.   THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via


Florida’s New Abortion Law Will Remain Blocked for Now

Governor Rick Scott is not going to appeal a ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle, who in June put a temporary hold on portions of the law while a lawsuit seeking to overturn it makes its way through federal court.  The Associated Press’ Gary Fineout reports via the Sun-Sentinel.


Shattered Smiles:  Florida Kids Face Dental Crisis

Florida ranked 50 out of 51 states and the District of Columbia in the percentage of Medicaid-Enrolled kids getting Preventive Dental Care; just 27 percent of kids got Preventive Dental Care in 2014.  Maggie Clark reports via Northwest Florida Daily News.


How Safe is Florida’s Drinking Water?  How Often are Polluted Waters Tested?  What About Private Wells?

The Agency charged with protecting Florida waters says it’s very safe, especially with the approval this week of a new rule that imposes limits on 39 additional toxins and updates the allowed limits on 43 other chemicals dumped into Florida’s rivers, streams and coastal waters.


Phantom Write-in Candidates Bar More Than a Million Voters From Florida Elections

Write-ins are blocking full voter participation in six Senate Districts and 14 House Districts on the August 30 Primary Ballot, disenfranchising 1.6 million voters, Steve Bousquet and Michael Auslen report for the Tampa Bay Times.


Coral Gables-Based Mercantil Commercebank Breaks $8B-Asset Ceiling

Coral Gables-based Mercantil Commercebank had a strong second quarter, reporting an increase in profit and significant asset growth, South Florida Business Journal reports. 


Judge Denies Uber Bid to Enforce Arbitration in Consumer Suit

Uber Technologies Inc. can’t require a Connecticut customer accusing the company of price-fixing to resolve the fight in arbitration, a Federal Judge ruled in one of several cases challenging the ride-hailing company’s efforts to steer disputes of all kinds away from public courtrooms.  Bloomberg’s Bob Van Voris and Joel Rosenblatt  report via Insurance Journal.


Montana Insurance Commissioner to Step Down

Montana insurance commissioner Monica Lindeen will step down from her role at the end of this year after coming to the end of her eight-year term, the Captive Insurance Times reports.


Former California Insurance Commissioner Served During Crisis

Wesley J. Kinder was a California Insurance Commissioner who served during a turbulent time.  A resident of La Habra, California, he died Wednesday at age 94.


Hispanic Health Insurance Literacy Releases Educational Resources 

A leading national, independent, nonprofit organization that advances system-wide healthcare cost transparency through consumer resources, data products and health services research support, announced today the latest addition to its array of educational tools designed to make healthcare and health coverage more understandable to Hispanic consumers.





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