Florida Supreme Court News

Fla. Bar Charges ‘Mobile Claim Center’ Lawyer Deceived Hurricane Victims

The Florida State Bar is seeking sanctions against a partner with a prominent New Orleans area law firm, alleging that she used deceptive tactics to solicit clients after Hurricane Ian. The bar on Thursday filed a petition with the Florida …

Fla. Supreme: Plaintiff Can’t Pull Out of Settlement Because Lienholder Named as Payee

Adam J. Sounders agreed to settle his personal-injury lawsuit against a trucking company for $500,000, but pulled out of the deal when he received a settlement check that included a workers’ compensation lien holder as a payee. A Florida jury …

Attorney for a Top Florida Insurance Law Firm Disbarred After Forgeries, Misconduct

A former attorney with one of Florida’s top insurance defense firms has been disbarred after the Bar said she engaged in repeated acts of neglect, deception and forgery. Erika Lynn Muller, until recently a partner with the Cole, Scott & …

With Florida Rulings, Will More Insurers Require Arbitration in Claims Disputes?

A decision handed down Thursday by the Florida Supreme Court, along with a recent ruling by state regulators, could give insurers another tool that could be used to stem the tide of claims litigation. In AirBnB Inc. vs. John Doe, …

Fla. Court Rulings Hand Tool to Insurers to Stem Claims Litigation

A decision handed down Thursday by the Florida Supreme Court, along with a recent ruling by state regulators, could give insurers another tool that could be used to stem the tide of claims litigation. In AirBnB Inc. vs. John Doe, …

Fla. Supreme Rules ‘Hybrid’ Reimbursement Model OK For PIP Claims

Automobile insurance carriers in Florida may limit reimbursement to health providers in keeping with a fee schedule in a personal injury protection policy, the Florida Supreme Court decided in a decision posted today. “We agree with the Second District Court …

Fla. Supreme: Insurer Can Pursue Malpractice Suit Against Law Firm That Botched Defense

Attorneys who are hired by insurance carriers to defend policyholders from lawsuits have a duty to represent the insured, but the insurer is paying their fees. Obviously, the insurer has a financial interest in the outcome of the litigation. They …

Fla. Supreme Court Rules Collector Car Policy Must Include Uninsured Motorist Coverage

Specialty insurance products sold to classic car collectors must include coverage for damages caused by uninsured motorists — even if the owner is driving a vehicle not covered by the policy, the Florida Supreme Court ruled. All five justices who …

Privacy Exclusion Protects Insurer from $60 Million Class Action

A federal judge in Florida has ruled that a policy exclusion for invasion of privacy claims relieved an insurer of any responsibility for a $60 million settlement against a Boca Raton company for violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. …

CompScope Report Highlights Tenn. and Texas Reforms, Fla. Court Rulings

Tennessee moved from the low end to the very low end of total workers’ compensation claim costs after passage of reform legislation in 2013 that trimmed permanent partial disability benefits and slashed the number of attorneys in the system. Costs …