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Is PIP Repeal Dead?

Is PIP Repeal Dead?

Observers of Florida’s personal auto market are well aware of the legislative debates in recent years over the future of Florida’s no-fault Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance laws.  Proponents of PIP have pointed to it as a relatively fast, no-fault basis of ensure basic coverage amounts are in place for injuries arising from auto accidents.  […]

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Governor Vetoes PIP Repeal Bill

Governor Vetoes PIP Repeal Bill

Governor Ron DeSantis ended weeks of speculation, persuasion and publicity campaigns when he vetoed SB 54, which would have repealed Florida’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP) law.  SB would have replaced the no-fault PIP system with certain mandatory bodily injury (BI) coverage. The potential repeal of PIP has been an annual topic in the legislature for […]

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Florida Continues Gradual Reopening Process

Florida Continues Gradual Reopening Process

Florida has moved into a full implementation of Phase 1 reopening.  This follows a brief period in which the state reopened at a pace more conservative than most commonly described as Phase 1.  Governor Ron DeSantis described the increase in Phase 1 activities as “things the state could have done but didn’t do initially.” In […]

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OIR Issues Memorandum on COVID-19 Preparedness

OIR Issues Memorandum on COVID-19 Preparedness

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has issued Information Memorandum OIR-20-03M related to insurers’ business continuity plans and preparedness for the COVID-19 pandemic.  The OIR issued the memorandum in response to Executive Order 20-51 issued by Governor Ron DeSantis establishing COVID-19 response protocols.  Governor DeSantis also issued Executive Order 20-52 declaring a state of emergency […]

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Legislature Passes AOB Reform

Legislature Passes AOB Reform

The Florida legislature has passed HB 7065 designed to curb abuses with “assignments of benefits” in Florida’s property insurance market. Among other things, the bill addresses problems with Florida’s one-way attorneys’ fee statute arising when commercial vendors use the statute in suits against insurers. The bill also allows insurers to adopt policy forms restricting assignments […]

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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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