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DFS Reminds Adjusting Firms to Designate Primary Adjuster

DFS Reminds Adjusting Firms to Designate Primary Adjuster

The Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) reminds adjusting firms they must designate a primary adjuster. Adjusting firms must submit form DFS-H2-6364 for this purpose. A firm must submit its initial form before it commences operations in Florida. Currently, adjusting firms send the completed forms by email to Adjusters@MyFloridaCFO.com. The same form is used to designate, […]

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Cat Fund Advancing Rules for 2020 Season

Cat Fund Advancing Rules for 2020 Season

The Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (“FHCF”) is in the process of adopting rules for the 2020 hurricane season.  The FHCF has scheduled a rule hearing for October 18 to discuss proposed changes to rule 19-8.010.  This rule annually adopts the then-current version of the FHCF contract.  Among other changes, the 2020 contract will incorporate the […]

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FSU RMI Program Rises to #3 in National Rankings

FSU RMI Program Rises to #3 in National Rankings

Florida State University received good news recently when U.S. News & World Report named it one of the Top 20 public universities in the country.  FSU checked in at #18 after being ranked 26th in the prior year’s ranking.  FSU has climbed steadily in these rankings over the last few years, from the 40’s to […]

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PIP Repeal Resurfaces for 2020 Session

PIP Repeal Resurfaces for 2020 Session

Repealing Florida’s no-fault (PIP) auto insurance system again will command legislative attention in the 2020 legislative session.  Although 2020 once seemed so far away, the legislature already is having committee meetings in anticipation of the session’s January start. Florida’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP) system has drawn significant criticism in recent years.  The legislature has tried to […]

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Next Legislative Session Just Around the Corner

Next Legislative Session Just Around the Corner

It’s hard to believe September is here. It seems like the 2019 legislative session just concluded.   In reality, though, the 2020 session is just around the corner. The 2020 session will have an early start date—it runs from January 14 through March 13 (assuming it ends on time). The early start date means committee meetings will […]

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East Coast Remains on High Alert

East Coast Remains on High Alert

Hurricane Dorian’s slow forward movement and uncertain path continue to keep Florida on high alert, particularly on the east coast. Last week, Dorian was a tropical storm that appeared as if it might stall and never gain hurricane strength. Models also varied widely in their guesses as to the storm’s future direction. Dorian overcame this […]

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Dismissal of AOB Case Leaves Unanswered Questions

Dismissal of AOB Case Leaves Unanswered Questions

The Florida Supreme Court recently decided by a 4-3 vote to dismiss its review of Restoration 1 of Port St. Lucie v. Ark Royal Insurance Company.  Interestingly, the three justices in the minority were Governor DeSantis’ recent appointees. The majority was comprised of four justices who were on the court when it accepted the case. The […]

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Officials Focus on Open Michael Claims

Officials Focus on Open Michael Claims

The Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) and Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) encouraged insurers again this week to redouble efforts to resolve Hurricane Michael claims.  Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis asked Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier to update the status of the insurance industry’s Michael response.  Commissioner Altmaier responded that about 15 percent of the […]

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Agents Must Supervise Customer Representatives

Agents Must Supervise Customer Representatives

The Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) reminds insurers that the customer representatives they supervise have limited authority under the insurance code. DFS points out that general lines agents and their customer representatives sometimes “blur the lines” relating to the customer representatives’ authority. Agents should pay particular attention to Chapter 626, Part II General Lines Agents. […]

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New Laws Affect Agent Procedures

New Laws Affect Agent Procedures

In the 2019 session, the Florida legislature passed HB 301 with several provisions impacting agents and insurers. Most of these provisions took effect July 1, 2019. Among the law changes, the insurance code now requires a life insurer to notify the servicing agent at least 21 days before a life insurance policy lapses. This notice […]

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