Florida Office of Insurance Regulation News

HSCM Bermuda Takes Majority Stake in Florida Insurer Southern Fidelity After Merger

After a tumultuous year that included double-digit rate increases, an intervention by the state regulator and a merger, Florida-based insurer Southern Fidelity Insurance Co. (SFIC) and its affiliated entities have ceded a majority stake in ownership to Hudson Structure Capital …

Florida Property Insurance Market Inches Closer to Crisis – Part 2

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation is monitoring the state’s property insurance situation that is seen as in a crisis by those in the industry. The regulator said the insurance market has been buffeted by multiple hurricanes in the last …

Florida Property Insurance Market Inches Closer to Crisis – Part 1

After years of warnings that the Florida property insurance market was heading towards an availability crisis, many in the industry say the moment of reckoning has arrived. They blame unchecked claims litigation from non-catastrophe water losses and rising reinsurance rates …

Auto Insurer Windhaven National Ordered Into Liquidation by Texas Court

Texas-based private passenger auto insurer Windhaven National Insurance Co. (WNIC), a subsidiary of Windhaven Insurance, has been ordered into liquidation at the request of the Texas Department of Insurance, which was appointed as liquidator. The order for liquidation was granted …

Windhaven Insurance Ceasing Operations, Assets to be Auctioned Off

Auto and home insurer Windhaven Insurance has alerted its agents and employees in Florida that it is winding down the insurance operations of its entities, including Windhaven National Insurance Co., ClutchAnalytics and The Hearth Group, and that its assets are …

Rehabilitation of Florida Insurer Windhaven Deemed ‘Useless’; Judge Orders Liquidation

Plans to rehabilitate Florida auto insurer Windhaven Insurance Co. have been deemed “useless” and the company will instead be liquidated. In a Jan. 6 order, Leon County Court Judge Ronald W. Flury said the Florida Department of Financial Services, which …

Florida Auto Insurer Windhaven Placed Into Rehabilitation

The future of another Florida domestic insurer is now in the hands of state regulators. Non-standard private passenger auto insurer Windhaven Insurance Co. (WIC), based in Miami, has been placed into rehabilitation by a Florida court and the Florida Department …

Citizens CEO Notes Impact of AOB Reforms as New Rates to Take Effect in Florida

The head of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. says it is already seeing a difference in assignment of benefits (AOB) litigation since reforms passed by the Florida Legislature took effect in July. Meanwhile, many Citizens policyholders may see premium relief from …

Florida Regulator Approves Post-AOB Reform Rates for Citizens Policyholders

Florida’s insurance regulator has established 2019 rates for Citizens Property Insurance Corp. after the insurer resubmitted its rate filing as part of a requirement of the new assignment of benefits law that adjustments be made to proposed policyholder rates this …

What to Expect from Florida’s AOB Reform Law Taking Effect July 1

The countdown is on for Florida assignment of benefits (AOB) reform that will take effect July 1, and the insurance industry is getting ready to respond to new requirements as a result of the law as well as evaluating how …