Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Feb 20, 2017


Jeff Brandes Files Bill to Crack Down on Insurance Fraud

SB 1012 would require Insurers to develop and submit Anti-Fraud Plans to the Division of Investigative and Forensic Services and would require Anti-Fraud Training for Employees involved with Fraud Prevention.  Drew Wilson reports for


Citizens To Target Up To $1.3BN Reinsurance For 2017

Florida Citizens Property Insurance is planning to spend under $100MN to buy just $1.1bn to $1.3BN of Total Reinsurance Limit in the Mid-Year Renewals.  Fiona Robertson reports for the Insurance Insider.


Gardens Driver:  State Keeping No-Fault PIP Insurance “A Joke”

As far as Driver Dick Natalizio of Palm Beach Gardens can see, State Leaders seem to be in no hurry to do much of anything when there is an obvious solution to a Car Insurance Problem staring them in the face.   The Palm Beach Post’s Charles Elmore reports via the “Protecting Your Pocket” blog.

·         Dump Florida’s No-Fault Law? PIP Supporter Pushes Back on Post Story

·         Florida Insurance Chief Responds on Post No-Fault Story


Driver Seeks Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist Benefits From Progressive American Insurance

An Osceola County Woman alleges her Insurer breached its duties when she Filed a Claim for Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Benefits.  Noddy Fernandez reports for the Florida Record.


Florida Launches Online Workers’ Comp Insurer Database for Employers

The Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation has formed an Online Insurance Company Database to assist Florida Business Owners with obtaining Workers’ Compensation Coverage that protects Employees from the impacts of On-the-Job Injuries.  Amy O’Connor reports for Insurance Journal.


Boca Insurance Spammer Gets 48 Months Behind Bars

From 2011, Livingston operated A Whole Lot of Nothing LLC.  Clients included legitimate businesses, such as Insurance Companies that wished to send Bulk Emails, as well as Illegal Entities, such as Online Pharmacies that sold Narcotics without Prescriptions, U.S. Officials said.  The Palm Beach Post’s Charles Elmore reports via the “Protecting Your Pocket” blog.


Florida to Receive $111,000 of Multistate Settlement Involving Ameriprise Group Subsidiaries

Subsidiaries of the Ameriprise Group, RiverSource Life Insurance Company and RiverSource Life Insurance Company of New York, will pay the State of Florida $1.5 Million in a Life Claim Settlement.  The Florida Record’s Mark Iandolo reports.


Florida Supreme Court to Hear Turtles Copyright Case

The Florida Supreme Court is set to hear Arguments in a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit that was Filed by 1960s Rock Group The Turtles against U.S.-Based SiriusXM Satellite Radio on April 6.  The Florida Record cites THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA.


Crop Insurance Deadline Nears in Florida

USDA’s Risk Management Agency reminds Florida Corn, Cotton, Flue-Cured Tobacco, Grain Sorghum, Peanut, and Soybean Growers the Final Date to apply for Crop Insurance is approaching.  ECB Publishing reports.


Military Jets Sonic Boom; Buzz Planes that Violated Restricted Airspace While Trump in South Florida

Friday’s encounter “Required the Air Force F-15s from Homestead Air National Guard Base to Travel at Supersonic Speeds, a Sound noticed by area Residents,” NORAD said in a release.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Alex Leary reports.


Nursing Homes Fight Repeal of Key Regulations

The Debate about Repealing what is known as the “Certificate of Need” Regulatory Process has expanded to include Nursing Homes and Hospice Facilities — and has touched off a New Wave of Opposition.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Saunders reports via


Florida Nonprofit Hospitals Face Serious Funding Cuts

Nine Florida Nonprofit Hospitals and One Public Hospital account for nearly two-thirds, or more than $220 Million, of Scott’s Proposed $298 Million Cuts in Supplemental Payments to Hospitals for serving Poor Patients.  Alexandra Glorioso reports for the Naples Daily News.


Senate Democratic Leader to Governor Rick Scott:  Treat Opioid Crisis as a Public Health Emergency

“No longer confined to Small Urban Enclaves, Heroin and Fentanyl have become the scourge of Communities throughout Florida, wreaking widespread devastation not only from the ravages of Addiction, but the Resurgence of Deadly Diseases associated with Drug Abuse,” Senate Democratic Leader Oscar Braynon said.  The Miami Herald’s Kristin M. Clark reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.


Florida Senate is MIA in Civil War Between Rick Scott and House Republicans

Almost three weeks have passed since Open Warfare Erupted between Florida House Republicans and Governor Rick Scott over a Major Philosophical – but Increasingly Personal – Disagreement over the Role of Government when it comes to Business Recruitment and Tourism.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Jeremy Wallace reports via “The Buzz” blog.


Corcoran Sues Florida Lottery Over “Improper Spending” in $700 Million Contract

State Lawmakers, Corcoran Alleges, broke the Law by allowing a State Agency to spend in excess of what’s appropriated for it in the Budget.  Allison Nielsen reports for

·         House Eyes Torrent of Legal Fees


FTC Settles With Accused Florida Collector on India Scam Calls

Federal Officials announced a Settlement Wednesday with a Florida Company accused of using “Runners” to pick up money at Western Union or MoneyGram Locations throughout the State in connection with Scam Calls from India.  The Palm Beach Post’s Charles Elmore reports via the “Protecting Your Pocket” blog.


FPL Commits to Building Eight Solar Plants by 2018

Eight Solar Photo-Voltaic Plants will have a total of more than 2.5 Million Solar Panels.  Each one will produce enough Electricity to Power 15,000 Homes.  The Palm Beach Post’s Susan Salisbury reports.




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