Articles by William Rabb

Rabb is Southeast Editor for Insurance Journal. He is a long-time newspaper man in the Deep South; also covered workers' comp insurance issues for a trade publication for a few years.

Florida Appeals Court Slashes $600,000 Attorney Fee on $52,000 Claim

Florida may have one of the most generous attorney-fee mechanisms in the country, sometimes resulting in plaintiff’s fees that are several times greater than the amount of damage awards. It’s enough to drive property insurers crazy – or toward the …

Policies’ Arbitration, AOB Endorsements are Unconstitutional, Florida Lawsuit Claims

Recent moves by two Florida insurers to limit litigation and restoration expenses – and regulators’ approval of those policy endorsements – have met with a constitutional challenge from contractors. One Florida law professor said the suit is likely to see …

Florida CFO Wants More Insurance Fraud Investigators, Education Campaign

Ahead of next week’s special legislative session, Florida’s chief financial officer is asking lawmakers for $6.5 million to fund 23 new investigative positions and to launch a public education campaign, part of his proposal to combat insurance fraud and reduce …

FedNat to Cancel 56,000 Policies Under Restructuring Plan; Monarch Finds Investor

Starting today, May 16, Florida insurance agents and 68,000 policyholders will have 45 days to find new homeowners and dwelling coverage, under a financial restructuring plan submitted by FedNat Insurance and its sister companies. But unlike an insolvency, FedNat Insurance …

Strems, Adjusters, Restoration Firm Settle Florida Citizens Lawsuit for $1M

A now-suspended Miami lawyer, along with the successor to his law firm, a public claims adjuster and a restoration company, have agreed to pay a total of $1 million to settle a lawsuit brought by Citizens Property Insurance Corp. that …

Florida Restaurants Go Hungry in Federal, State COVID Suits vs. Lloyd’s

Florida restaurants have had little success in recent lawsuits against Lloyd’s of London over insurance coverage for shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, Florida’s 3rd District Court of Appeal, in the first COVID-coverage ruling by a Florida state appeals …

Claims Frequency Up for 2021, but Workers’ Comp Profitability ‘Unprecedented’

For the first time in more than a decade, workers’ compensation claims frequency, outside of COVID-19 illness claims, increased in the United States last year. But not to worry, the trend won’t last, and the workers’ comp industry continues to …

Visit to Plant Clinic Extends Life of Comp Claim, Carolina High Court Finds

If insurers and employers want to deny a workers’ compensation claim because it was filed too late, they shouldn’t forget about an employee’s visit to the company doctor, which extends the clock under the quirks of North Carolina’s comp statutes. …

Another Florida Insurer Adds Binding Arbitration Endorsement Amid Losses

Heritage Property & Casualty Insurance Co. reported more losses for the first quarter of 2022 and a spike in its combined ratio. But company officials said Friday they are taking aggressive steps, including rate increases, policy changes and tightened underwriting …

Florida Governor Said to Be Eyeing Texas-Style Litigation Law for Special Session

With Florida lawmakers set to convene in less than three weeks to face the swirling winds of the state’s property insurance crisis, Gov. Ron DeSantis has yet to unveil a draft of the reform legislation he would like to see. …