Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Monday, July 19
Jul 19, 2010
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A Citizens Property Insurance committee approved a proposal today to increase premiums by up to 11.3 percent.
To the list of things Florida homeowners have had to worry about – hurricanes, sinkholes, termites, foreclosure, Chinese drywall – add this: fears that your 16-story condominium might collapse.
Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate Sean Shaw spoke out against a federal proposal to tax foreign insurers and reinsurers.
Local Realtors and small business owners are watching and waiting to gauge the impact of Gov. Charlie Crist’s veto of an insurance reform bill that would have allowed insurance companies to raise rates without first getting approval from the Office of Insurance Regulation.
A strong field of seven contenders jumped into the Republican primary to replace outgoing Rep. Julio Robaina in this Y-shaped district that extends from Cutler Bay up into Coral Gables and beyond.
THE ISSUE: Property insurance premiums keep climbing
Florida homeowners are caught between a rock and a hard place. Despite not suffering from a severe storm since 2005, and regardless of reforms intent on stemming rate increases, consumers across the state are still suffering insurance premium shock.
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is creating a lot more work for the National Weather Service
Company’s Chinese Drywall Trust could soon be part-owner, pursue claims against insurers
David Fry remembers the call like it was yesterday. Nearly two years ago, he got an urgent call from billionaire investor Carl Icahn in New York.
Hurricane shutter scam artist Andrew Fernald has learned how to behave.
Basically, the insurance business is one of pricing risk. To do this, analysts (called actuaries) review the history of relevant events, current trends and potential changes in the future.
Florida insurance regulators along with those in four other states settled complaints about Lifetrend life insurance products by requiring parent company Conseco Life Insurance to create a $10 million fund for some customers.
It’s known as the “Corridor of Death.”
Among South Florida’s fearless Medicare rip-offs — and there are thousands — is the story of Guillermo Denis Gonzalez.
Eighty-one hospitals in Florida are teaming up with one important goal: to reduce the number of infections and complications that occur after surgery.
A proposed offshore drilling ban may quickly drown this week in a flood of election-year rancor between GOP lawmakers and a governor who abandoned their party.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. sold a large stake in bad residential loans made by the failed AmTrust Bank, including $332.3 million in Florida mortgages.
The federal government says it will announce a major restoration project for a portion of the Florida Everglades.
The fate of the Fair Districts redistricting proposals on the November ballot – Amendments 5 and 6 – will be decided by the state Supreme Court.
Bill Bright crunched the numbers when he and his wife talked about adding solar roof panels and a solar water heater to their Westside Jacksonville home last summer.
With Florida in the throes of the wildest and most wide-open election in decades, Democrats girded against a Republican-friendly political climate and gathered Saturday for one of the state party’s most successful annual fundraising dinners.
A lawsuit challenging the federal health care legislation provoked the most conflict during a forum Friday for Florida’s attorney general candidates.
GOVERNOR RACE: Expand vouchers and make it easier to fire teachers
Republican Bill McCollum on Friday became the first of the state’s major gubernatorial candidates to offer a specific plan for improving Florida’s schools.
Opponent Sheldon Klasfeld says Slosberg’s a “one-trick pony”
It’s a remarkable transformation that may turn a shunned politician into a comeback success story.
U.S. insurers scoff at potential impact on capacity and price for cat coverage
Foreign insurers are “using scare tactics” to maintain the status quo and discourage Congress from passing tighter rules over the ceding of premiums offshore by the U.S. affiliates of foreign carriers, a leading CEO told a congressional hearing last week.
Surplus lines insurers are big winners in the financial reform bill that Congress believes will prevent another economic meltdown that caused the current Great Recession.
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners is preparing to launch a new initiative on credit-based insurance scoring that will result in a nationwide data call for automobile insurers.
Nearly two years after Hurricane Ike destroyed the town of Galveston, Texas, the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association has agreed to pay an estimated $189 million to policyholders whose homes were shattered by the storm.
Since the launch of the TexasSure auto insurance verification program two years ago, the number of uninsured vehicles on Texas roads shows signs of decline, the Texas Department of Insurance reports.
U.S. life and health insurers were subjected to regulatory intervention last year at the fastest pace in a decade as they lost money on investments and promised more to clients than they could deliver.
The Iowa Insurance Division recently issued a reminder insurance companies and insurance producers that effective Sept. 1, 2010, certificate of insurance forms must be approved before such forms may be used.
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