Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Monday, July 12
Jul 12, 2010
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Regulators will weigh a 33 percent average statewide rate hike request for Castle Key Insurance – a subsidiary of Allstate – this month. The Allstate Floridian Insurance companies changed their names to Castle Key last year.
Florida home construction won’t be the only thing tested if a big hurricane strikes the state this year. Florida’s homeowners-insurance market will be tested, too.
Warren Kurtzman was elated when Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed legislation last month that would have made it easier for insurers to raise property insurance premiums.
The hole, near the USF campus, swallowed a car
Nearly a dozen families evacuated their homes this morning after a sinkhole opened in their condominium complex’s parking lot, near the University of South Florida campus.
Two South Florida law firms have filed a class action lawsuit against Miami-based Banner Supply Co., the supply company that distributed tons of defective Chinese drywall.
State rep’s clients not necessarily glad
Gary Aubuchon is planning to make good on a promise he made a year ago to fix the six homes his company built with defective Chinese drywall.
New companies cover many properties
One in six Lee County properties is insured by a company in the business for four years or less, leading consumers and industry experts to question whether the fledgling companies can stand up to claims if a storm hits this hurricane season.
OUR POSITION: Florida is now among the last remaining holdouts of states without driving while texting laws. Nothing to be proud of.
The public accounting firm Dixon Hughes PLLC has expanded its professional service offerings in Jacksonville to health care providers, according to a press release from the company.
Wellcare Health Plans Inc. is not fully paying for its sins. The Tampa-based insurer has been accused of bilking taxpayers of hundreds of millions of dollars by using fraudulent practices that were integral to the company’s profit-making.
Former U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez joined JPMorgan Chase & Co. to chair its operations in Florida, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
Kenneth Feinberg, the Obama administration’s oil spill claims czar, has scheduled a meeting in Pensacola on Monday to listen to locals and talk about how the $20 billion set aside for the claims process will be spent. Gov. Charlie Crist is planning to attend.
When the Legislature adjourned at the end of April, there was already talk of a special session.
- Blog: Sink feeds legislators suggestions for expanding special session agenda
- Blog: Will House trade new Amend. 7 for drilling ban?
- Special session immigration vote sought
- Special session on drilling poses hard choice for GOP lawmakers from the coast
- Editorial: Crist’s worthwhile gamble on drilling ban
- Editorial: Crist waited too long to call Special Session
- UF expert doubts constitutional drilling ban will make it to voters
A Leon County judge Monday denied a motion by state officials to dismiss a lawsuit by two Florida members of Congress seeking to throw out a pair of constitutional amendments intended to guide how the state draws new political boundaries in 2012.
Business advocate says Florida needs to push less regulation, more incentives
The federal government is touting progress made on the president’s goal to double national exports in the next five years, and a prominent Florida business advocate says that the state could be following suit if it makes the right choices.
Authorities will hold a news conference this morning to announce the arrests of people on charges stemming from a housing fraud probe.
Legions of pajama-clad voters could decide Florida’s ballot long before the August primary.
Among the great unanswered questions this year is whether Charlie Crist would caucus with the Democrats or Republicans if he makes it to the Senate.
The Republican candidates for governor have agreed to two debates early next month.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has agreed to ban insurance companies from dropping coverage of homeowners who have found corrosive Chinese drywall in their homes.
Insurance broker Aon Corp. agreed to buy human-resource consulting and outsourcing company Hewitt Associates Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $4.9 billion.
Reinsurer Munich Re said it has provided the Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriting Association a $96 million catastrophe bond issuance that transfers hurricane risk in Massachusetts to the capital markets.
Builders are challenging a new federal rule that requires contractors be certified in lead-safe practices if renovating pre-1978 homes.
Insurance broker Marsh has unveiled a real-time, on-demand industry benchmark reporting service available to its clients and prospects.
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