Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, June 11

Jun 11, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

There are no insurance-related events scheduled for today.



Daily Insurance-Related News


Blog:  Florida Supreme Court rules that “substantial compliance” is good enough for insurers on association policies

On May 31, 2012, the Florida Supreme Court issued a Corrective Opinion in the case of QBE Insurance Corp v. Chalfonte Condominium Association, Inc.


Flooding evacuates 200-unit apartment complex in Pensacola 

Sunday afternoon, a pile of wet shoes sat in a chair in Calvin Grace’s apartment on Pensacola’s Westside.


Column:  Calmer Waters for Insurance Market

Hurricane season is here, and the Atlantic has already fired up the 2012 storm machine with tropical storms.


Report:  Citizens’ Property Insurance Corporation risk less than private insurers

Florida’s weak private insurers will need a bailout equal to or greater than Citizens Property Insurance after most big hurricanes, according to a new report that contradicts much of the rhetoric surrounding property insurance reform in Florida.


Column:  Florida’s New PIP law an attack on consumer choice, so why is American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research chief backing it? 

The recent column on auto insurance reform by Steve Pociask, president of the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research, was incomplete and misleading.


Company fights state over discount drug program

The pharmaceutical services company that runs a program that helps about 250,000 Floridians buy drugs at a discount is challenging the Agency for Healthcare Administration’s decision to award the contract to a different company.


Saying it’s changed, WellCare wants in on state Medicaid contracts

A Tampa-based health insurer with a checkered past is preparing to bid on billions of dollars in state government contracts to serve Florida’s poor and disabled.


As qualifying ends, candidates are at the starting line

Florida’s qualifying period ended noon Friday, establishing the cast of players for the 2012 general election.


    From Florida Senate President to Foot Soldier, Tom Lee Seeks Senate Comeback

    With “a little bit of competitive anger in me,” Tom Lee says he’s ready to return as a “foot soldier” to the Florida Senate, which he once headed.


    Stand Your Ground law task force will hear from law enforcement, attorneys and public on Tuesday

    The stage is set for a possible showdown Tuesday over Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law in Central Florida, not far from the Sanford community where neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February.


    Governor Scott to sign bill in Boca Raton, stopping firms from doing business with Iran

    Governor Rick Scott will sign in Boca Raton Monday a bill designed to make sure Florida companies do not conduct business in a way that helps Iran, his office said today.


    Blog:  Governor Rick Scott pumps up tea partiers, digs in over voter purge

    Governor Rick Scott pumped up a conservative crowd at a Tea Party Express event in the Capitol city Sunday afternoon, urging the activists to help him gain support for a controversial non-citizen voter purge now in federal court.


    Column:  Florida’s Workforce Is Shrinking   

    Florida’s unemployment rate has fallen significantly since Governor Rick Scott took office in January 2011.


    Toll rates on the rise for Florida drivers

    At 6 a.m. Sunday, June 24, increased tolls will be rolled out on Florida’s Turnpike and the Sawgrass Expressway, a hike originally announced last year, turnpike officials said Thursday.


    Squatters moving into foreclosed, abandoned Collier County homes without permission

    Grass has crept up between the edges of interlocked pavers leading to a butterscotch house on Trail Boulevard in North Naples.


    Florida legislators “embraced” Florida Chamber of Commerce’s priorities

    When the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s median score for the state’s 160 lawmakers comes in at 95 out of 100 in its new voter guide, one might expect recently passed bills to be pretty pro-business.


    Jobs agency tries to sweep away capes, rebuild image

    Kevin Shaughnessy is tired of talking about capes.


    Pacific Legal Foundation asks U.S. Supreme Court to take up Orange County landowner’s case

    The Florida Supreme Court last year ruled against landowner Coy A. Koontz Sr.


    EU Insurers Still Coming to Terms with Solvency II as Start Date Nears 

    “Over the next 18 months it’s estimated that Ireland will spend 100 million euros (app. $125 million) on preparations for Solvency II (SII),” said Garvan O’Neill, a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ financial services practice, who headed a panel discussion on the pending regulations at the European Insurance Forum in Dublin.


    New York Times:  New Hurricane Center Head Turned Fear Into Career

    When the National Hurricane Center’s new director was growing up on the Florida and Texas coasts, tropical storms frightened him.



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