Florida assignment of benefits claims News

Florida Supreme Court Suspends Attorney Behind Thousands of Insurer Lawsuits

The Florida Supreme Court has granted an emergency request by The Florida Bar to immediately suspend an attorney who, with his firm, has filed thousands of assignment of benefit and first party lawsuits against Florida property insurers over the last …

Report Shows Florida AOB Abuse Worsening as Lawmakers Consider Reforms

The 2018 Florida Legislative Session is underway, and lawmakers have wasted no time taking up legislation to address the assignment of benefits crisis plaguing the state. While they debate which reform option to back, stakeholders say the Florida Legislature must …

Florida Regulators Set Date for Citizens Public Rate Hearing

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) announced it will conduct a rate hearing on Aug. 31, 2017 to receive public comment on Citizens’ proposed rate changes for its business in the Coastal Account (CA), Commercial Lines Account, and Personal …

Florida’s Citizens CEO Gilway Responds to Claims About Managed Repair Program

The following letter to the editor was written by Citizens Property Insurance Corp. President, CEO and Executive Director Barry Gilway in response to an opinion piece from the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters that ran on July 6, 2017 …

Opinion: Floridians Will Pay More For Less Under Citizens Managed Repair Program

Florida is famous for its catastrophic hurricanes, however, we also have our fair share of daily claims such as fire, vandalism and water losses. Florida is now becoming known for what is referred to as the “Assignment of Benefit (AOB) …

Florida’s Citizens Approves Policy Changes, 5.3% Statewide Rate Increase for 2018

Homeowners in South Florida, as well as in many other parts of the state, should expect additional rate increases next year from the state-run insurer of last resort. Citizens Board of Governors approved recommended rates and policy changes for 2018 …

Florida Lawmakers Once Again Fail to Pass AOB Claims Reform

Florida lawmakers have once again let slip an opportunity to address insurance claims abuse, as legislation failed to make it through the Senate before the 2017 legislative session ended Friday. This is the fifth consecutive year that a bill on …

Florida House Advances Bill Targeting Claims Abuse, But Senate Battle Looms

A bill aimed at decreasing insurance claims abuse in Florida has made it through the Florida House, and the industry’s hope for assignment of benefits reform now officially rests with the state Senate. The Florida House of Representatives advanced House …

Florida Launches AOB Resource, Education Webpage for Consumers

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) has launched a new webpage as part of its efforts to educate Florida consumers about the state’s ongoing challenges with assignment of benefits abuse. The AOB resource webpage has been added to the …

Florida Senator Alleges ‘Smear Campaign’ After Industry-Backed AOB Bill Stalls

A bill backed by the insurance industry to curb the abuse of Florida’s one-way attorney fee statute in assignment of benefit claims has stalled as lawmakers opted to instead advance what the insurance industry and the state’s regulator feel is …