Florida Survives 10th Straight Year Without Hurricane Strike; But Streak May Be Over, Officials Warn Residents.

Florida survives 10th straight year without hurricane strike; But streak may be over, officials warn residents. By Jorge Milian Palm Beach Post Staff Writer The experts were right: Hurricane season was a dud.Colorado State University climatologist Phil Klotzbach predicted in April that the six-month Atlantic season would be “pretty boring” and the forecast proved accurate.There…

Chris Sprowls Now Has Majority of Class in House Speaker’s Race

Though not quite as protracted (and definitely not as written about), another leadership battle in the Legislature seems to have settled after days of arm-twisting, pledge-wrangling and nose-counting. State Representative Chris Sprowls, a Palm Harbor Republican, reportedly has swayed enough defectors from fellow Rep. Eric Eisnaugle, an Orlando Republican, to make Sprowls the likely Speaker of the Florida House of…

Restoring Balance in Insurance Litigation – An Analysis from the Florida Justice Reform Institute

Curbing Abuses of Assignments of Benefits and Reaffirming Insureds’ Unique Right to Unilateral Attorney’s Fees Certain providers have partnered with attorneys to create a profitable litigation arrangement. In this arrangement, a service provider agrees to make a repair potentially covered by an insurance policy in exchange for the insurance policyholder’s right to sue his insurer…

Consumer Advocate Challenges Insurers on Water Damage Claims

Florida’s new insurance consumer advocate wants property insurance companies to produce data to back up their statements about rising water damage claims in South Florida. Sha’Ron James, who took over the statewide position in August, told participants at a public workshop Tuesday that she has asked the top 15 insurers to document their assertions that…

Jeb Bush’s Rush Through the Revolving Door

Jeb Bush stood before supporters in Tallahassee, the Florida capital over which he presided for eight years, and vowed in his first policy speech as a presidential candidate last June to halt the “revolving door” between Congress and K Street. “We need a president willing to challenge the whole culture in our nation’s capital —…