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Governor DeSantis Selects Barbara Lagoa for Supreme Court

Governor DeSantis Selects Barbara Lagoa for Supreme Court

In addition to leading Florida’s executive branch, Governor Ron DeSantis has an immediate opportunity to reshape the Florida Supreme Court.  Three of Florida’s Supreme Court Justices–  Barbara Pariente, Peggy Quince, and Fred Lewis, reached mandatory retirement coinciding with Governor DeSantis’ becoming Florida’s next Governor.  Although sometimes it is difficult or even unfair to apply labels […]

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Florida Supreme Court Resolves PIP Deductible Debate

Florida Supreme Court Resolves PIP Deductible Debate

Just before the new year, the Florida Supreme Court released its opinion in Progressive Select Insurance Company v. Florida Hospital Medical Center resolving a split among Florida’s appellate courts about the proper application of the deductible in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) claims.  The underlying question related to whether the PIP deductible should be applied before […]

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Radey wishes all of our friends a happy and prosperous new year.  As 2019 begins, Florida’s capital city will be embarking on a new era.  Governor-elect Ron DeSantis will take office next week, succeeding Rick Scott who was Governor for eight years.  Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis returns, having been elected to the Cabinet office to […]

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Senate President Considers Workers Compensation Reform

Senate President Considers Workers Compensation Reform

New Senate President Bill Galvano has signaled that the Senate might take up workers’ compensation reform notwithstanding that rates have decreased in the last two years. Galvano reasons that the recent downward trend in workers’ compensation rates might not be sustainable, and in fact might be followed by future rate increases, due to the Florida […]

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Governor-Elect DeSantis to Appoint New Supreme Court Justices

Governor-Elect DeSantis to Appoint New Supreme Court Justices

After two recent Supreme Court decisions and with the Governor’s race now decided, the process for selecting three new Florida Supreme Court justices has become a little clearer. The justices are retiring in early January 2019 due to reaching the mandatory retirement age. Their mandated retirement coincides with the transition from current Governor Rick Scott […]

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OIR Approves Workers Compensation Rate Decrease

OIR Approves Workers Compensation Rate Decrease

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has approved a statewide overall rate level decrease of 13.8 percent for workers’ compensation insurance rates. The approval applies to new and renewal workers’ compensation insurance policies effective as of January 1, 2019. The National Council on Compensation Insurance submitted a rate filing in late summer providing for a […]

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Recounts Leave Financial Services Commission Makeup Uncertain

Recounts Leave Financial Services Commission Makeup Uncertain

Several high profile races in Florida were decided, or at least appeared to have been decided, on election night by close margins.  At the state level, Republican Ron DeSantis looked like the winner in Governor’s race, Republican Jimmy Patronis prevailed as Chief Financial Officer, Republican Ashley Moody won to succeed Pam Bondi as Attorney General, and […]

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Election Day to Bring Changes to Governor and Cabinet

Election Day to Bring Changes to Governor and Cabinet

The Florida Cabinet consists of the state’s Chief Financial Officer, Attorney General and Commissioner of Agriculture. Together with the Governor, these officers serve as the agency head for several Florida agencies including the Office of Insurance Regulation and Office of Financial Regulation. Florida is in a unique position this year because Election Day guarantees to […]

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Hurricane Michael Changes Regulatory Focus

Hurricane Michael Changes Regulatory Focus

Hurricane Michael has prompted several changes in the Office of Insurance Regulation’s recent and upcoming schedule.  The OIR’s early focus has been on assisting policyholders in the affected areas.  In addition, the OIR implemented its post-event loss reporting process.  Insurers must report their numbers of claims and estimated loss amounts on a daily basis in […]

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OIR Emergency Order Extends Deadlines in Panhandle

OIR Emergency Order Extends Deadlines in Panhandle

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has issued an Emergency Order applicable to Florida’s Panhandle and Big Bend regions.  The order requires insurers to rescind recently issued cancellation and nonrenewal notices and to extend policyholders’ deadlines.  It is similar to one issued last year following Hurricane Irma, although this year’s order covers a narrower area light of Hurricane […]

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