Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report–Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Jul 8, 2014


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Study Finds More Auto Injury Claimants Are Hiring Attorneys, Especially in Florida

A new study from the Insurance Research Council found that the percentage of auto injury claimants represented by attorneys is highest in Florida.


Florida growers burned up over proposed pot rules 

State health regulators heard an earful from growers, lawyers and lobbyists seeking to rake in some green from Florida’s new pot industry during a standing-room only, rule-making workshop Monday, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Dara Kam reports via the Florida Times Union.


    Unlikely allies:  Democrats and Scott administration defend write-in loophole

    There’s a curious lawsuit now pending in a Leon County circuit court that has prompted a strategic alliance between two normal foes: the Florida Democratic Party and the administration of Governor Rick Scott, explains Gary Fineout on his blog, “The Fine Print.”


    Rick Scott Gets the Backing of Florida Police Chiefs

    Governor Rick Scott will be showcasing his record on crime this week in his “Let’s Keep Florida Safe” tour of the Sunshine State and he unveiled an endorsement to help his crime-fighting credentials on Monday. The Florida Police Chiefs Association announced it was backing Scott for another term, Kevin Derby reports for


    Florida House District 74 race turns bitter

    While one Republican accuses his rival of being a “carpetbagger” who is lying about his residence, the other charges his opponent’s campaign has become so desperate it resorted to peeping through his windows – and has the pictures to prove it.  Jeremy Wallace reports for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.


    Profile features softer side of Ellyn Bogdanoff

    Former Florida Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, has long been known for her tenacious style, Sun-Sentinel’s Anthony Man notes.


    Forecast of fewer than 5 bank failures in Florida is looking good

    Only four Florida banks failed last year, the lowest total in five years, Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s John Hielscher reports.


    All Aboard Florida focusing more on South Florida for now

    The proposed time line for All Aboard Florida to debut its intercity passenger rail service between Miami and Orlando by the end of 2015 has changed, and the company is now focusing on service between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.  Orlando Business Journal’s Matthew Richardson reports. 


    Naples developer offers maximum $1 million reward for missing documents

    A Naples developer continues to regularly run ads in his efforts to get “information leading to the recovery of accounting ledgers and books, including subcontractor bids” related to the construction of the nearly 20-acre resort project.  Naples Daily News reporter Laura Layden reports for the “Political Fix Florida” blog.


    Aspen’s Chris O’Kane Talks Endurance Proposal, Alternative Capital and Reinsurance with PC360

    Early last week and late the week before, Aspen Insurance Holdings sent a pair of letters to its shareholders asking them to reject overtures from Endurance Specialty Holdings.  National Underwriter’s Phil Gusman reports for



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