CORRECTION: Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, October 1

Oct 1, 2012



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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

There are no Florida insurance-related events scheduled for today.

Daily Insurance-Related News


For Florida, higher odds for October hurricanes

The official September 10 peak of the hurricane season has come and gone.


Nearly half of appealing owners get relief from Citizens Property Insurance

Almost half of the Florida homeowners who contested discounts revoked by Citizens Property Insurance Corp. succeeded in having some or all.


Barry Gilway:  Citizens Property Insurance works to tighten belt

Citizens Property Insurance takes its fiscal responsibilities to our policyholders and all Floridians very seriously.


Shifting home is cracking, but insurance won’t pay for repairs

Gene Albritton sleeps uneasily.


Florida Insurer Filings on PIP Rates Due Today

Automobile insurers have until the end of day today to show Florida regulators how much, if at all, they plan on reducing rates on the personal injury protection, or no-fault, portion of drivers’ policies.


USA Today Blog:  Florida judge dismisses Costa Concordia lawsuit

A judge in Florida has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Italian businesses against Miami-based Carnival Corp. over the fatal capsizing of a cruise ship off Italy’s coast.


Can Florida’s Medicaid reform plan be the model for the nation?

Quietly, over the past six years, an experiment in providing healthcare for the poor has been playing out in Broward and four other counties around the state.


GOP Names Mike La Rosa to Replace Mike Horner in Florida District 42

Mike La Rosa, part of the family-operated La Rosa Development Corp. in Celebration and Kissimmee, was named to run as the Republican candidate for House District 42.


Suspicious voter registration forms found in 10 Florida counties

Florida elections officials said Friday that at least 10 counties have identified suspicious and possibly fraudulent voter registration forms turned in by a firm working for the Republican Party of Florida, which has filed an election fraud complaint with the state Division of Elections against its one-time consultant.


U.S. Answers Florida Cry To End Tomato Pact With Mexico

President Barack Obama’s administration took a big step on Thursday toward terminating a 16-year-old tomato trade agreement with Mexico following a request from growers in Florida, an important swing state in the presidential election.


Nuclear advance fee case in front of Florida Supreme Court has big implications

Should you be forced to pay in advance for a product you may never get? And if you don’t get what you paid for, should you get a refund?


Groups opposed to proposed amendment limiting state revenue more active than those supporting it  

Depending on who’s doing the analysis, a proposed amendment that would change the formula for limiting the amount of revenue Florida can collect each year from taxes and fees would either rein in willy-nilly government spending or cause Draconian cutbacks to education, roads and schools.


Florida banking on the mend

In his 40 years in the banking business, 1st Manatee Bank president and chief executive Thomas Hodgson has weathered some difficult years. But none, he says, were as hard as the recent downturn.


Funding for drug-abuse database is in doubt

Backers of a year-old drug database widely heralded as a key to stopping the state’s prescription-drug-abuse problems said the project has nearly run out of money, triggering concerns about the survival of a program that Governor Rick Scott and House lawmakers once tried to kill.


Visit Florida begins search for new CEO

Visit Florida announced last week that Will Seccombe will step in as acting president of the state’s tourism-marketing agency, filling a void left by the departure of chief executive Chris Thompson.


Reputed mobster “Skinny Joey” Merlino leaves Philly for Florida

Reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph Merlino has moved to glitzy Boca Raton a year after serving a 14-year sentence for extortion and illegal gambling.


New York Files Rehabilitation Plan for Financial Guaranty Insurance Company

New York State’s Department of Insurance has filed its rehabilitation plan for Financial Guaranty Insurance Company, outlining how payments will be made in cash to claimants as available funds allow.



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