Florida insurance litigation News

Too Little, Too Late? Breaking Down Florida’s Latest Property Insurance Reforms

A bill passed by the Florida Legislature to address the state’s property insurance crisis has created optimism among some stakeholders, while others say it will not reduce rates over the next 18 to 24 months or stop the state’s out-of-control …

Florida High Court Adopts Federal Summary Judgment Standard with Amendment

The Florida Supreme Court issued a per curiam opinion last month further amending the federal summary judgment standard it officially adopted last year. The move came as part of the court’s Dec. 31, 2020 opinion In Re: Amendments to Florida …

Florida Legislature Passes Major Changes to Auto, Property Insurance Markets

Florida lawmakers passed two bills on the last day of their 2021 legislative session that make major changes to the state’s auto and property insurance markets. The actions follow weeks of back-and-forth debate on the proposals between the House and …

Florida Regulator Nixes Citizens Request to Remove Rate Cap on New Business

New policyholders coming into Florida’s insurer of last resort will not face higher rates than existing insureds under an order issued by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. The regulator’s decision comes after Citizens Property Insurance Corp. President & CEO …

NAIC Data: Florida Property Lawsuits Total 76% of Insurer Litigation in U.S.

New information from Florida’s insurance regulator paints a stark picture of the extent of litigation facing the state’s domestic insurers. The information comes as numerous stakeholders push for legislative reforms to address the litigation issue they blame for fueling the …

Florida Senate Passes Property Insurance Reform Bill

A bill backed by the Florida insurance industry and other stakeholders aimed at addressing the state’s insurance market woes was passed in the Senate chamber this week but faces an uncertain future as the companion bill in the Florida House …

Florida Agents Join Consumer Advocate in Fight Against Contractor Fraud

As Florida insurers focus on addressing mounting losses in the state’s property insurance market with legislative reforms, rising rates and coverage restrictions, other stakeholders are working to educate consumers about one issue that is perpetuating the markets problems – contractor …

Fate of Florida Insurance Reforms Uncertain as Lawmakers Weigh Industry-Backed Bills

Two bills designed to deal with Florida’s crumbling property insurance market have embarked on divergent paths in the state legislature as lawmakers approach the final weeks of the 2021 session. Senate Bill 76 and House Bill 305, both originally supported …

Citizens’ CEO: Florida Property Insurance Market is Shutting Down

Florida’s insurer of last resort, Citizens Property Insurance Corp., has become the insurer of first resort as thousands of new policies flood into it each week and the private homeowners insurance market continues its downward spiral. “The reality is the …

Florida Insurers Sustain ‘A’ Ratings, For Now, As 2020 Industry Losses Top $1.5B

Ratings agency Demotech has affirmed the ‘A’ ratings of the Florida homeowners carriers it rates, which account for approximately 66% of the state’s market, after review of 2020 year-end and projected Q1 2021 results. However, Demotech warned of tough times …