Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, October 14

Oct 14, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Move to ditch no-fault car insurance coming in Florida Senate

Legislation is being drafted to scrap the state’s no-fault auto insurance coverage, as a landmark 2012 effort to remove fraud from the system remains tied up in court, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports via the Miami Herald.


Florida Supreme Court to Review Wrongful Death Award

The Florida Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of the reduction of the monetary award in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a University of Central Florida football player who died following conditioning drills in 2008, the Associated Press reports via Insurance Journal.


Insurers take aim at protecting veterans’ savings in Florida, elsewhere

Two major life insurance companies that count Florida among their major markets have banned sales by their agents of annuities in connection with supposedly free counseling about veterans benefits.


Fee-hike history could haunt hopefuls’ campaigns

House and Senate leaders are seeking to cut fees for motor vehicle registration and for drivers’ licenses, raised by the Legislature in 2009 as a way to paper over a large budget deficit, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.


Parties spending heavily in Gunter-Murphy race

Both of Florida’s political parties are pouring money into the nasty, hard-fought special House election in Pasco County next Tuesday for the year remaining in ex-Rep. Mike Fasano’s term, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.


Blog:  Jacksonville attorney guilty 103 counts in Allied Veterans Internet Cafe scandal

Nearly 30 people had already avoided any expected time behind bars. Friday a Jacksonville attorney who insisted on not accepting a plea agreement was convicted of 103 counts in the Allied Veterans of the World scandal, Matt Dixon reports for the Florida Times-Union.


Governor, Legislature have many ideas on how to spend Florida surplus

With Florida seeing a budget surplus for the first time in years, lawmakers, lobbyists and other interest groups have plenty of plans for using that money, Halifax Media’s Lloyd Dunkelberger reports.


State Elder-Care Watchdog Job Search Reopened

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs has reopened its hiring process for a state long-term-care ombudsman, as critics contend the first attempt at filling the post excluded a number of candidates with significant watchdog experience, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Margie Menzel reports via


Common Core Education Standards Public Hearings Already Sparking Backlash

Public hearings on Common Core State Standards are set to begin Tuesday in Tampa, but they are already setting off a wave of controversy even before they’ve begun, Allison Nielson reports for


Blog:  Feds file rule change to encourage private market alternative for flood insurance

Federal regulators have weighed into the flood insurance crisis, suggesting banks be required to accept private flood insurance on homes in high-risk areas, Mary Ellen Klas writes for the Miami Herald’s “Naked Politics” blog.


Defective Drywall:  Chinese Manufacturer Questions Ruling

A Chinese drywall manufacturer asked a federal appeals court on Oct. 9 to overturn a judge’s ruling that U.S. courts have jurisdiction over claims that its defective product wrecked thousands of homes, the Associated Press’ Michael Kunzelman reports for Insurance Journal.


Two insurance professionals find guidance through Columbus Charitable Foundation

When they met as volunteers for the Columbus Charitable Foundation, insurance professionals Carla D’Andre and Christine Caruso never expected to forge a 10-year friendship.



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