Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, May 12

May 12, 2014


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


There are no insurance-related events scheduled today.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Good earth hard to find for flood-damaged lawns

Panhandle homeowners may be in for an unexpected glitch as they look to repair property battered in April 29 flooding.  Fill dirt might as well be gold right now.  Will Isern reports for the Pensacola News Journal.


Federated National Holding Company Reports 100 Percent Increase in Homeowners Policies During First Quarter

Federated National Holding Company reported positive results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, a company news release said.


South Florida Payroll Processing Firm Denies Link to Data Breach

A University of Pittsburgh Medical Center employee has sued the hospital, and a South Florida payroll processing firm it uses for credit restoration services and identity theft insurance in the wake of a data breach that has seen hackers use the personal information of hundreds of employees to file bogus federal income tax returns, Associated Press reports via


Dane Eagle draws second opponent

State Representative Dane Eagle, currently fighting DUI allegations, may have drawn another Republican opponent in his re-election effort, blogs Peter Schorsch for


Court Fight Over New Political Maps Kicks Off

A court fight over Florida’s political landscape kicked off Friday, as attorneys for the Republican-controlled Legislature and groups suing them clashed over the question of whether legislators intended to thwart the will of voters when they drew new districts for congressional seats in 2012.  Gary Fineout reports for the Associated Press.


Head hurting over law-enforcement academy turf dispute

At issue – since last summer – is operation of the joint police academy at Pasco-Hernando State College, writes Tampa Bay Times’ columnist Tom Jackson.


FAA:  Jet nearly collided with drone over Tallahassee

Federal officials say a U.S. jet airliner nearly collided in March with an airborne drone in the sky over Tallahassee, Florida, the Associated Press reports.


Fracking-like well near Glades alarms foes

A Texas company has been caught using fracking-like blasting methods to drill for oil near the Everglades, raising alarms from state officials and inflaming a long-simmering controversy over energy exploration in the midst of a cherished ecosystem, William E. Gibson reports for the Orlando Sentinel.


The Florida Current’s 2014 Session Summary:   Economic Development and Transportation

It was one of the quietest sessions for economic development and transportation in recent years, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.


Arkansas Implements Moratorium on Policy Non-Renewals, Cancellations

Due the disaster declarations in several Arkansas counties following severe storms, tornadoes and floods beginning April 27, 2014, the Arkansas Insurance Department has implemented a moratorium on cancellation/non-renewal of policies for the non-payment of premiums for Arkansans residing in storm impacted areas, Insurance Journal reports.


Deloitte Report Shows Reinsurance Growth

Deloitte’s Bermuda Insurance Market Report 2014 shows Bermudian reinsurers reaped strong earnings in 2013, the Bermuda Sun reports.




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