Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report–Thursday, May 29, 2014

May 29, 2014


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


United Insurance Calls Off Deal to Acquire Sunshine State Insurance

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.


Ranked No. 2 in complaints, Citizens bristles at Palm Beach Post story in meeting

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.


FEMA leaves Florida rental property owners in the dust

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.


Medical malpractice caps face another test in Supreme Court

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.


Scott sues feds for denying Florida agency access to veterans’ hospitals

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.


Crist makes a claim about veterans lack of access to Medicaid expansion and pins the blame on Scott

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.


GOP Consultant Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Block Florida Redistricting Records Release

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


Dean Cannon, mistrust, dumb ideas, political scientists and Day 7 of redistricting trial

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.


Miami trial-lawyer chief loses cool, smacks camera out of GOP tracker’s hands before Crist event.

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.


Clay Ingram Draws Democratic Challenger In House District 1

Previously unopposed State Representative Clay Ingram has attracted a Democratic challenger, according to Florida’s Division of Elections Web site, reports.


U.S. Department of Transportation Report Calls for Higher Minimum Motor Carrier Limits; Market Impact Examined

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


AT&T partners with Uber to include ride-sharing app on all of its Android phones

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, reports.




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