Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, September 12

Sep 12, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


10:00 a.m.–Florida Workers’ Compensation Joint Underwriting Association Annual Membership and Board of Governors meeting.  To view the meeting notice, click here.  To view the Annual Membership meeting agenda, click here.  To view the Board of Governors agenda, click here.



Daily Insurance-Related News


Citizens Property Insurance raised insurance based on false report, lawsuit claims

A Palm Beach County homeowner filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging the state’s property insurer of last resort revoked her insurance discounts – and raised her premium – based on a false report.


Editorial:  Citizens Property Insurance too important to squander

It’s getting late. You’re alone and hungry. What do you do?


Florida Governor Scott makes formal request for Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance; county and its cities could get $6 million

Governor Rick Scott officially signed-off on the county’s request for federal disaster relief to cover expenses from Tropical Storm Isaac on Tuesday.


Florida’s 21st Century re-branded as Federated National

Florida based insurance provider 21st Century Holding Company has changed its corporate name as Federated National Holding Company, after receiving shareholder approval.


New Insurance Underwriting Agency Partners With Space Florida for Space Risks

Assure Space, a new space insurance agency for satellite risks, is excited to partner with Auster Capital Partners and Space Florida for the provision of launch and in-orbit insurance to satellite operators worldwide.


RLI extends Personal Umbrella policy coverage in Florida

Specialty insurance firm RLI is set to extend the coverage of its personal umbrella policy for Florida residents by offering a reduced liability attachment point.


Blog:  Orange County Circuit Judge Kest dismisses business lawsuit challenging sick time measure

Orange Circuit Judge John Kest has dismissed a lawsuit filed by business groups who were arguing that a sick time ballot measure was confusing and should not go to voters.


Whistle-blower lawsuit alleges All Children’s overpaid doctors in violation of federal law   

A former employee of All Children’s Hospital has filed a whistle-blower lawsuit in federal court accusing the hospital of overpaying its physicians in violation of anti-kickback laws.


Martin County joins settlement of Medicaid lawsuit against two state agencies

Martin County stands to save at least $60,000 in Medicaid reimbursements to the state and gain time to pay the state more than $340,000 under the terms of a legal settlement approved Tuesday by the County Commission.


Florida Legislative Budget Commission takes up prison health care privatization

If a panel of legislative money managers approves a $58 million plan to privatize medical services in Florida prisons on Wednesday, the issue will quickly land in court.


Florida formally approves Glades clean-up plan

Florida formally signed off on an $880-million slate of Everglades cleanup projects on Tuesday.


Fight unfolding over justices’ retention  

In the political battle over the future of three members of the Supreme Court, opponents and supporters of the trio are still arguing over what the terms of the debate should be.


After delays, vendor to get more time, money to revamp unemployment mainframe

The Department of Economic Opportunity threatened to terminate Deloitte Consulting’s contract to replace the state’s 30-year-old mainframe unemployment compensation system, but is asking lawmakers for more money after the company pledged to devote more resources to the project in order to meet the contract deadlines.


Justices decline to hear school funding dispute

The Florida Supreme Court declined Tuesday to consider a school funding case. 


Despite revenue caps being lifted, water districts hold the line against tax increases

In 2011, the Legislature cut water management district property tax revenue by $210 million, prompting environmental groups’ criticism.


Florida credit unions rebound in auto, mortgage lending

Florida credit unions are posting their first quarterly growth in auto loans since 2007 and their first gain in first mortgage loans since 2009, according to a second-quarter report from the League of Southeastern Credit Unions.


Blog:  Replacement Democrat qualifies for Volusia state House race, but his name won’t be on the ballot

Election officials confirmed this afternoon that Volusia County Democratic Party Chairman Phil Giorno, the party’s last-minute replacement candidate in House District 27, formally qualified for the race today, just beating a 5 p.m. deadline.


Candidate Profile:  Florida House of Representatives District 73 — Greg Steube

Greg Steube holds a Bachelor of Science with honors in animal science and a minor in agricultural law from the University of Florida.


Iron Man 3 to film in Fort Lauderdale next month

Officials say segments of Iron Man 3 will be filmed in the Fort Lauderdale area.


Alabama Law Requires Ignition Locks for Drunk Drivers

A new law in Alabama requires motorists convicted of drunken driving to install ignition interlocks on their vehicles, although police have questions about how that law will be enforced.


At Hearing, Industry Goes to Bat for Terrorism Risk Insurance Act Extension

“It is essential” that the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act be extended before it expires at the end of 2014, an official of the Hartford Insurance Group testified today before a House Committee.




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