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Cindy Disrupts Business as States Warned of Catastrophic Flooding

Tropical Storm Cindy has halted service at a major oil terminal in the Gulf of Mexico, prompted some evacuations at rigs and platforms and put states from Texas to Florida on notice for life-threatening floods. Cindy was 200 miles (322 …

Citizens Rate Hike Result of Increased Water Losses, AOB Claims

Florida’s state-created property insurer is going to raise its rates again. The board that oversees Citizens Property Insurance voted this week on a proposal to raise homeowner rates an average 5.3 percent and commercial accounts by an 8.4 percent average. …

Use of Employer’s Vehicle While Intoxicated Didn’t Exceed Scope of Permissive Use

Recently the United States 11th Circuit Court of Appeals held, in Great American Alliance Insurance Co. v. Anderson 847 F.3d. 1327 (11th Cir. 2017) that an employee did not go beyond the scope of the employer’s permissive use of a …

West Virginia High Court Excludes Workers’ Comp for Work-Release Inmates

Inmates participating in work-release programs do not quality for workers’ compensation benefits, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled has ruled. The court on Thursday unanimously affirmed a Workers’ Compensation Board of Review’s 2015 decision to not grant workers’ compensation to …

Insurer Off the Hook in $500K Settlement to Spa Guest Who Had Stroke During Massage

A federal appeals court ruled that Evanston Insurance Co. doesn’t owe a $500,000 settlement that a Florida spa owner agreed to pay to a woman who suffered a stroke during a massage. The decision, issued last month in an unpublished …

Flood-Prone Mainland Miami Neighborhood Looking to Move Due to Rising Sea

A mainland Miami, Fla., neighborhood prone to regular flooding from high tides and storms could be relocated amid preparations for rising seas under one scenario being studied by local officials. Government officials in South Florida are looking at redesigning the …

Florida Medical Malpractice Caps Ruled Unconstitutional

Caps on how much money patients injured by a doctor’s mistakes can receive were declared unconstitutional by the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday, a decision that strikes down one of former Gov. Jeb Bush’s major policy victories. The court ruled …

Climate Decision Could Accelerate Damage to Trump’s Florida-Based Properties

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement could accelerate damage to his family’s real estate empire in the coming decades, especially his properties that lie just feet from the encroaching sea in low-lying South Florida. …

Property Insurer Liable for Shortfall in Policy Benefits Promised by Agent, Due to Unexplained Effect of Coinsurance Clause

A Florida state Court of Appeal reversed the dismissal of a claim for negligent procurement of property insurance, because, when placing the coverage, the insurer’s agent failed to account for a reduction in insurance loss proceeds caused by operation of …

Kentucky Supreme Court Finds No Bad Faith as a Matter of Law

The Kentucky Supreme Court in Hollaway v. Direct General Ins. Co. Mississippi Inc., 497 S.W. 3d 733 (Ky. 2016), recently affirmed summary judgment that was granted in favor of the insurance company, finding that the plaintiff did not present a …

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