Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Aug 10, 2016


Florida Supreme Court Gets Construction Defect Insurance Question

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit wants the State High Court to interpret Florida Insurance and Contract Law and answer this question of first impression: Is Chapter 558’s Notice-And-Repair Process a “Suit” within the meaning of a Standard, Commercial General-Liability Insurance Policy?  Noreen Marcus reports for the Daily Business Review.


Senate Primary Pits Florida House Member, Injury Attorney

A Two-Term State House Member looking to move to the Florida Senate is battling with a Personal-Injury Attorney in a Democratic Primary in a redrawn Palm Beach County District.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports via CBS Miami.


Seminole Tribe Challenges Florida Water Standards

The Seminole Tribe of Florida has filed a legal challenge against controversial new state water-quality standards, arguing they don’t adequately take into account the amount of fish and other wildlife eaten by tribal members.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Saunders reports via


Negron Sees Political Challenges, Possibilities with Everglades Proposal

Incoming Senate President Joe Negron on Tuesday acknowledged the many political challenges he faces getting his proposed solution to Lake Okeechobee Discharges passed but found a reason to be optimistic about each of them.  Bruce Ritchie reports for Politico Florida.


Florida Among States with Unsafe Levels of Industrial Chemicals in Drinking Water 

Drinking water supplies serving more than six million Americans contain unsafe levels of a widely used class of industrial chemicals linked to potentially serious health problems, according to a new study from Harvard University researchers, the Washington Post reports.


Homebuilding Continues to Boom Across South Florida

Though land is becoming increasingly scarce, homebuilding remains strong across South Florida, the Sun-Sentinel reports via Crain’s Miami.


California Administrative Law Judge Orders State Farm to Refund $85M to Homeowners

An administrative Law Judge at the California Department of Insurance found that State Farm overcharged customers $85 million and ordered the Carrier to issue refunds and reduce rates, Insurance Journal reports.


Seas Aren’t Just Rising, Scientists Say — It’s Worse Than That. They’re Speeding Up.

Predictions suggest that seas should not only rise, but that the rise should accelerate, meaning that the annual rate of rise should itself increase over time.  The Washington Post’s Chris Mooney reports.


RMS Ranks Top 10 Ports at Greatest Risk in a Natural Catastrophe

In the event of a Natural Catastrophe, two Ports in Nagoya, Japan and Guangzhou, China, would suffer the greatest losses at $2.3 billion and $2 billion respectively, according to RMS Analysis of the Catastrophe Risk ssociated with the world’s ports, Claims Journal reports.


Five Climate-Smart Actions to Reform Flood Insurance

A Report calculating the effects of sea level rise on coastal property released by the Real Estate Company, Zillow, made big waves last week.   The National Resource Defense Council reports.


Crain Shuts Down Business Insurance Magazine

The August 1 Issue was the last that will be published and the title’s website and events ended today, Crain’s reported from its Chicago office.





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