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Florida Picks Deputy Altmaier to Be Next Insurance Commissioner

The Florida Cabinet has selected David Altmaier to be the state’s new insurance commissioner. Altmaier, 34, is currently a deputy commissioner within the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. He will replace Kevin McCarty, who is stepping down after 13 years …

Florida’s Universal Insurance Holdings Raises $10M in Share Sale

Florida-based Universal Insurance Holdings Inc. has raised an additional $10 million in capital by selling shares to one of its reinsurers. Universal said it sold 583,771 shares of common stock to  RenaissanceRe Ventures Ltd., a subsidiary of RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. …

Florida Braces for Rate Hikes, Litigation Due to Workers’ Compensation Fee Ruling

The Florida Supreme Court’s ruling that the state’s current attorney fee limits are unconstitutional will have serious ramifications on the workers’ compensation market in the state, according to Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty and other workers’ compensation experts. Those ramifications …

West Virginia Doctor Gets 8 Years in Drug, Health Care Fraud Case

A pain clinic doctor in Beckley, West Virginia, has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for illegally prescribing a controlled substance and submitting false health care claims. Dr. Jose Gordinho was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Beckley. …

Alabama Medical Marijuana Bill Headed to Governor

The Alabama legislature on Wednesday voted to decriminalize medicinal marijuana oil possession. In a 95-4 vote in the House of Representatives and a 29-3 vote in the Senate, legislators supported a bill supporters say is a bid to help families …

Florida Supreme Court Finds Attorney Fee Schedule Unconstitutional; Passes on Other Key Workers’ Comp Case

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s mandatory attorneys’ fee schedule for workers’ compensation cases is unconstitutional under both Florida’s and the U.S. constitution as a violation of due process. The state’s top court also declined to rule …

TV Host Erin Andrews Settles Nashville Marriott Case, Ends Appeals

Sportscaster and TV host Erin Andrews on Monday settled with two hotel companies that were found partially to blame for a stalker posting secretly-recorded nude video of her on the Internet. A jury in March had already awarded Andrews $55 …

Updated: Florida Supreme Court Declines Jurisdiction in Challenge to Workers’ Comp System

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that it does not have jurisdiction in a case brought by an injured nurse that challenged the constitutionality of the entire Florida Workers’ Compensation system. In the case of Stahl v. Hialeah Hospital, the …

Alabama Jury Orders Dollar General to Pay Injured Truck Driver $925K

A jury in Lauderdale County, Alabama has returned one of the largest personal injury verdicts in the county’s history, finding Dollar General at fault for injuries sustained by a Kentucky delivery driver five years ago. News outlets report that the …

West Virginia to Receive $8M From Wells Fargo in Marketing Practices Dispute

Wells Fargo will pay $8 million to West Virginia as part of a settlement of a decade-long dispute involving marketing practices. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Monday that Wells Fargo will pay the money to the Office of the Attorney …

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