Florida Supreme Court Suspends Attorney Behind Thousands of Insurer Lawsuits

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  • June 10, 2020 at 8:53 am
    Mr. Integrity says:
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    Stereotypes exist for a reason and lawyers are no exception.

    • June 10, 2020 at 12:31 pm
      Jon says:
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      • June 10, 2020 at 12:55 pm
        Craig Winston Cornell says:
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        RACISM!!!!! It’s EVERYWHERE!

        FYI. Lawyers are not a race. You can stereotype people in a million different ways having nothing to do with race. Take it easy.

        • June 10, 2020 at 1:18 pm
          Dictionary Man says:
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          race

          /rās/
          noun

          BIOLOGY

          a population within a species that is distinct in some way, especially a subspecies.

        • June 10, 2020 at 3:27 pm
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          • June 10, 2020 at 4:58 pm
            Craig Winston Cornell says:
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            Are you collecting Down Votes again?

            Actually, there are hundreds of stereotypes and most have nothing to do with race.

            Athletes are dumb is a stereotype, the “dumb jock”. Another is the nerdy techy. (Some tech. experts are actually not nerds.) Another is the stereotype that conservatives have no heart. Or liberals have no brains. Another is that Russians are drunks.

            I could go on and on and on.

          • June 10, 2020 at 5:09 pm
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      • June 10, 2020 at 1:57 pm
        John says:
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        It is a real stretch to take a reference to occupational stereotypes (e.g. lawyers, used car sale, insurance agents) and link it to racial stereotyping.

        Why would anyone need your forgiveness anyway?

        • June 10, 2020 at 2:41 pm
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          Yes, who needs or wants Jon’s forgiveness? Nobody cares about Jon’s opinions, much less his forgiveness.

          • June 10, 2020 at 3:28 pm
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        • June 10, 2020 at 3:27 pm
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          You’re assuming he just meant occupational stereotypes. The problem is, Agent is a poster who has said blatantly racist things many, many times.

          • June 11, 2020 at 12:27 pm
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            Jon, I appreciate your confidence in your observations and assumptions toward Agency. But, based on my observations, your assumptions will not be the barometer for me.

            Peace be with you.

  • June 10, 2020 at 10:10 am
    Tiger88 says:
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    You mean one of these guys finally got caught? Wow…taking actions like this could actually keep FL HO premiums down a little bit. And the bar actually outed this guy? Good for them!

  • June 10, 2020 at 10:21 am
    Dave says:
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    Another ambulance chaser meets his fate. Needs to happen much more frequently.

  • June 10, 2020 at 10:45 am
    John says:
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    I like the Bar is finally pursuing attorneys “causing great public harm”. I wish I could collect back all the legal expense resulting from Avenatti tactic attorneys.

    Hopefully, Bar Association around the country would use Florida’s effects as a model for helping consumers.

  • June 10, 2020 at 11:23 am
    Andy Anderson says:
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    The problem is a multi-level scam that is perpetuated by the contractors roaming neighborhoods providing false information to homeowners although some of the homeowners are not fools and go along for the ride because there is a lot of money involved and little risk. The contractors then hire or have the policy holder hire a public adjusters who further inflate the loss and submit a home make over estimate to the carrier, while at the same time having EMS, mold testing vendors, restoration companies, begin testing, assessments, and other work at the property on claims that were denied due to no damage etc. Covered damage does not make the carrier immune as the contractors, public adjusters, and attorneys are still sending in inflated estimates for damage that was covered and paid in 2017 but no action taken by the policy holder, just the inflated estimate and additional damage that was not reported or on record from the original inspection etc. Each party having its own contract files suit for work that should have never been commenced to begin with. The HOA’s are now interested in provisions within their guidelines that were not enforced previously for roof replacements, matching issues etc. This is even being supported by bogus engineering firms that provide expert reports to support damage that should not exist based on the building codes in place and is never supported by tangible evidence or industry related specifications and testing results yet it continues to be supported by the legal system either out of ignorance or corruption, neither being good. It is awesome to see one of the leaders in this type of activity getting caught and hopefully it will send a message to some of the many others doing the same. All of the above being said, insurance carriers should pay what they owe per the contract but the current situation in Florida has become a insurance claim gold rush for many less than ethical contractors, public adjusters, and attorneys alike.

  • June 10, 2020 at 3:36 pm
    Philip Weber says:
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    Misconduct and Bad Faith are injustices that harm the community. Regardless of the perpetrator. Yes I have seen many unscrupulous contractors and public adjusters and insured’s too, but let us not forget their on injustices; Bad faith, underpayments, and misconduct by insurance companies too. Remember the adage, point one finger at someone else and three others are pointing at you.
    I HATE Fraud and I HATE Bad Faith regardless. I worked for years adjusting claims, training adjusters, consulting, being sent to resolve last minute issues before to thwart unwanted legal actions. I have caught church leader staging damage, roofers using ballpeen hammers to emulate hail, contractors filling pillow cases with odd shaped and various sized balls and ice to try to emulate hail on siding, I have re-inspected with the initial photos only to find obvious unreasonably large and ridiculous dents where the owner is claiming this was somehow missed and is hail damage. I could go on for hours.
    The flip side is I have seen what I believe is systematic underpayment by certain insurance companies due to laws limiting the amount that can be awarded by bad faith claims. These laws obviously lobbied by insurance companies make it impossible for insureds with small claims to find and attorney to help when they are underpaid. If you cannot punish a company for wrong doing they become more and more brazen. Recently a client was denied by an insurance company claiming that once hidden damage was discovered it was no longer hidden and did not qualify for their coverage. THAT’S BRAZEN! Fortunately a fresh young attorney has taken on the case. But the best attorneys either work for the well paid defense of take only large cases. Justice eludes poor grandma and her $10k claim. Lots of fingers could be pointed but what I see is insurance companies & their reps and insured’s and their reps acting like Republican and Democrats or should I say children. The insurance industry speaks of wanting to curb fraud and it starts with fair scopes and fair settlements not forcing action. On the other side, yep people whether they are contractors, attorneys, insured’s, public adjusters should be penalized, fined, jailed for such actions but so should the people who perpetrate the same misconducts on the insurance side. Put a few adjusters in jail for ridiculous behavior, underpayments, bad faith.
    If we really want a level fair playing field where insured’s get a fair settlement I believe the only way to establish something akin to what the real estate industry has done with buyer agents. One adjuster representing the insurance company and one the insured with set guidelines and highest standard of proof. Proof the constructions actually did get done the way it was supposed to be done, Proof that the manufacturers instructions and codes were followed, etc. Not Hard to do at all. I personally think the insurance industry likes the system broken. Makes it easier for the biggest and most wealth and powerful companies to bully and take advantage of those that do not stand a chance.
    If you think I hate insurance companies you would be wrong. I am a producer and a PA. I love insurance and see its value. I however will always seek fair play and good faith dealings are not hard to do yet we are relegated to sides and often neither side wants to be fair.

    • June 15, 2020 at 1:21 pm
      Mark Wilson says:
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      Actually stronger insurance fraud laws would go further in saving consumers money.

  • June 12, 2020 at 8:18 am
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    I was glad to see this discussion evolved to discuss the real issues and have to say that it is complex. Not all PAs, attorneys, contractors etc. are bad apples. Nor are all insurance companies. I can only speak about my company and I am sure we value integrity more than money and so I know little of lowballing, bad faith etc, on our part but I am also aware that these things happen and we keep an eye on things like that as our reputation is our most important asset. Having said that, AOB abuse in Florida has been especially egregious or at least that is my impression from the news. I read for hours about these individual “lawsuits” this firm was responsible for and it astounded me. But we should not rush to judgment and paint everyone with the same brush. Insurance is not only a good thing, it is a necessary thing, underpinning our whole society. But in a capitalist world, some want more than others. The drive for profit needs to be balanced; actors like this guy and his firm are only concerned for themselves. This is a cultural thing then, which needs to be addressed as we educate our children to learn to be responsible not only to themselves but to the whole community. I know educators are doing their best but they can’t solve poverty of character; that begins in the home and that is tough no matter how many attorneys we prosecute.

    • June 17, 2020 at 12:25 pm
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      Henry VI, Part 2, Act IV, Scene 2. Shakespeare.

  • June 15, 2020 at 4:41 pm
    Terry Carson says:
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    Wow! This sounds exactly the way Allstate does business in Ohio.



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