Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report–Thursday, May 29, 2014
May 29, 2014
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There are no events scheduled for today.
United Insurance Holdings Corporation said that it has terminated its non-binding letter of intent to acquire 100 percent of Sunshine State Insurance, a Florida domiciled property/casualty insurance company, Insurance Journal reports.
Officials with state-run insurer Citizens discussed a May 25 story by The Palm Beach Post in a public meeting Wednesday, questioned the company’s No. 2 ranking in complaints, and agreed to put it on the agenda for a gathering in June, Charles Elmore reports.
With no disaster aid from FEMA, Florida Panhandle landlords have few options to help in them rebuild their investments, Kimberly Blair reports for the Pensacola News-Journal.
Less than three months after ruling that part of a controversial 2003 medical-malpractice law was unconstitutional, the Florida Supreme Court is ready to take up another dispute about limits on damages in malpractice cases, reports Jim Saunders for THE NEWS SERVICE of FLORIDA via Jacksonville Business Journal.
Governor Rick Scott said Wednesday he’s suing the federal government over the refusal of the Veterans Administration to allow state inspectors to visit VA hospitals, Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.
As Memorial Day approached, both Governor Rick Scott and his anticipated Democratic rival Charlie Crist called on Veterans Administration Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign amid news reports that VA staff falsified documentation about how long veterans were waiting to receive health care.
A Republican consultant trying to keep hundreds of pages of redistricting-related documents secret is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the release of the records in the latest twist in a legal battle over Florida’s congressional districts, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Dara Kam reports via SunshineStateNews.com.
Day Seven in Florida’s precedent-setting redistricting trial may look like a sleeper for the few that are watching the soporific play-by-play on The Florida Channel but for the cognoscenti, the plot keeps getting thicker, the Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.
A warning to anyone who holds an event for a major candidate for Florida governor: There will be trackers, the video camera-wielding politico-paparazzi on the lookout for gaffes or drama. And they’re always recording, the Miami Herald’s Marc Caputo explains via the “Naked Politics” blog.
Previously unopposed State Representative Clay Ingram has attracted a Democratic challenger, according to Florida’s Division of Elections Web site, SaintPetersBlog.com reports.
Current required minimum liability limits for motor carriers are insufficient to cover the costs of rare but catastrophic crashes, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) says, adding that it plans to develop a proposed rule to address the issue, Phil Gusman reports for National Underwriter’s PropertyCasualty360.com.
AT&T and Uber are partnering to make it easier to access Uber accounts. Beginning this summer, all AT&T Android phones will come with the Uber app, SaintPetersblog.com reports.
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