Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Feb 14, 2018

In Third Bellwether Contest, Florida Democrats Again Carry the Day and Hope for a Blue Wave

For the Third Florida Bellwether Election in a row, the Republican Candidate lost to the Democrat, giving activists and elites in both parties a sense that the GOP’s Political Grip is slipping in the Nation’s largest swing state heading into President Donald Trump’s First Midterm Election.  Marc Caputo reports for Politico Florida.


Contractor Must Turn Over 3 Years of Cellphone Records in Insurance “Mole” Case

Three Employees of a Hollywood-Based Water Restoration Contractor were ordered to turn over three years of cellphone records and texts in a Lawsuit accusing the Contractor of illegally obtaining information from a “Mole” inside a Florida Insurance Company.  The Sun-Sentinel reports.

Hurricane Irma Claims Pass $10.2B in Florida and Caribbean

Insurance Claims due to the impact of Hurricane Irma are rising above $10.2 Billion, with the total reported by the Regulator in Florida having now neared $8 Billion, while a French Insurance Association reports Claims in the Caribbean are now expected to reach $2.26 Billion. reports.

Flood Insurance “Warning” Clears Second Committee

Policyholders would see a Bold 18-Point Type Warning when their Hurricane Coverage won’t pay for Flood Damage.’s Michael Moline reports.

Florida House Health Panel Prepares Hurricane Proposals

Committee Chairman Representative Travis Cummings, R-Orange Park, told The News Service of Florida that it is the first of two Hurricane-Related Bills that will be unveiled in the next two weeks. It will be carried by Representative Ralph Massullo, a Lecanto Republican who is a Physician.

Could Lawmakers Force Much-Needed Transparency On Pirates?

Shawn Harrison’s Legislation would help shut down a predatory and scammy Practice in Florida where some Maritime Salvage and Towing Companies will provide assistance on the water to Recreational Boaters without disclosing the potential costs beforehand. Publisher Peter Schorsch notes the pending HB 469.


Insurance Retroactive Denial Ban Clears Another House Committee, Despite Qualms

Legislation to bar Health Insurers from retroactively denying Claims passed the House Appropriations Committee Wednesday, after the Sponsor promised to keep massaging language allowing Insurers to tip off Providers that a Patient might not be covered.  Michael Moline reports for

Puerto Rican Evacuees in Limbo as Hotel Vouchers Begin to Expire

With Temporary Hotel Vouchers Set to Expire — potentially leaving without homes 79 Families who fled Puerto Rico for Florida after Hurricane Maria — the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it has not yet decided whether to Approve a Housing Program requested by the Island’s Leaders.  Bianca Padró Ocasio and Jennifer A. Marcial Ocasio report for the Orlando Sentinel.

Early-Stage Florida Mortgage Delinquencies Dip Again in November as Hurricanes’ Impact Wanes

“The Effects of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria appear clearly in our Mortgage Delinquency Report,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist for CoreLogic.  Florida Trend notes the story.

Corporate Transaction Lawyers Colodny Fass Law Handle Complex Cross-Border Driver’s License Testing Software Company Acquisition

Shareholders of a Corporation doing Business in the United States and Canada were successfully represented by the Florida Law Firm of Colodny Fass in navigating the complexities of a sophisticated Cross-Border Corporate Acquisition involving multiple Law and Accounting Firms in Canada and Nationwide.

Corcoran, Gillum Tangle Over Sanctuary Cities

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, a Republican who hasn’t announced whether he’s in the Gubernatorial Race, came out slugging during the 45-Minute Debate, aired live on both Men’s Facebook Pages.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Dara Kam reports via the Gainesville Sun.

Sparks Fly on Repeal of Fireworks Restrictions

A Proposal to Repeal Florida’s Longstanding Restrictions on the Sale of Fireworks remains alive in the House after Lawmakers Tuesday addressed some safety concerns raised by Industry Giants fighting the change.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports via the Palm Beach Post.

Florida Senate Calls Off Wednesday Floor Session, Next One Set For February 21

The Senate is typically on the Floor for the majority of Week 8 and Week 9, but the time remaining for Bills to advance through Committees is limited.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via

New Lawsuit Aims To Block Brightline Expansion

The Lawsuit also Claims the Department of Transportation illegally approved Financing for All Aboard Florida — in the form of $1.15 Billion of Private-Activity Bonds — and that the Bonds lacked the approval of Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties, as required by Federal Law.  Arnie Rosenberg reports for

Generator Rules Await Legislative Action

Under the Compromise Reached between the Long-Term Care Industry and the Governor’s Office, Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities would be required to have Generators, but the Generators wouldn’t have to be installed, which means they can be portable.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via

Trump Taps Three New Judges In Federal District Overseeing Mar-a-Lago

The Federal South Florida Court District that includes Jurisdiction over President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort is closer to getting three new Judges, including a surprise African-American Candidate pushed by Senator Marco Rubio.  Marc Caputo reports for Politico Florida.

Trump’s Construction Plans Collide With Florida’s Anti-Tax Fervor

Trump’s plan requires Major State Investments to draw down Federal Money, but State Officials are limiting the ability for Local and State Government to raise New Revenue.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet and Elizabeth Koh report for “The Buzz” blog.

Franchise Bill Halted In Second Committee

A Bill that would change the Rules for Franchise Agreements was temporarily postponed by the Senate Judiciary Committee.’s Drew Wilson reports.

Kemper to Buy Infinity Property and Casualty for $1.3 Billion

Insurer Kemper Corp (KMPR.N) will acquire Infinity Property and Casualty Corp (IPCC.O) for about $1.3 Billion in Cash and Stock to boost its Nonstandard Auto Insurance Business, the two Companies said on Tuesday.

Texas Department of Insurance Says Harvey Produced 670,000 Property Claims

Hurricane Harvey resulted in nearly 670,000 in Combined Personal and Commercial Property Insurance Claims to Private Insurers.  Insurance Journal reports.

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