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OIR to Adopt Rule Implementing Closed Claim Reporting Requirement

OIR to Adopt Rule Implementing Closed Claim Reporting Requirement

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) recently indicated it anticipates initiating rulemaking by November 1 with respect to the new closed claim reporting requirement in SB 76 (Chapter Law 2021-77).  Adopted in the 2021 legislative session, SB 76 added a new subsection (11) to Section 624.424 governing insurers’ submissions of annual statements.  The new […]

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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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Injunction Highlights Questions About Property Reform

Injunction Highlights Questions About Property Reform

SB 76 adopted in the 2021 legislation drew a lukewarm reaction, even among some of the lawmakers who supported property insurance reform.  One key advocate referred to the bill as accomplishing about 40% of what would be needed to improve Florida’s property insurance market. And that was before part of the law was declared unconstitutional. […]

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Governor Signs Property Insurance Bill

Governor Signs Property Insurance Bill

Governor Ron DeSantis has signed this year’s primary property insurance bill, SB 76, into law.  Most of the bill’s provisions take effect July 1, 2021. The legislature passed SB 76 after extended debate leading into and during the 2021 legislative session.  As is often the case during the legislative process, the final bill reflects a […]

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Questions Remain After Property Bill Passes Late in Session

Questions Remain After Property Bill Passes Late in Session

The 2021 Florida Legislature spent several months evaluating property insurance reform proposals.  The committee hearing process included testimony from Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation CEO Barry Gilway and many others.  Despite these months of analysis, the primary property insurance reform bill (SB 76) was amended several times in the last week of […]

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Florida Leads Nation in Homeowners Litigation by Staggering Margin

Florida Leads Nation in Homeowners Litigation by Staggering Margin

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) recently analyzed nationwide homeowners insurance claims and litigation data and reached a well-known but unfortunate conclusion–  Florida leads the country in litigation by a staggering margin. OIR aggregated market conduct survey data related to lawsuits opened throughout the United States from 2016 through 2019 (the last year for […]

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