Florida Supreme Court News

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 …

Insurers and Others Urge Supreme Court to Limit Assignment of Benefits

The main battle may be at the Florida state capitol as lawmakers consider reforming the state’s assignment of benefits law, but insurers, trial lawyers and contractors staked out their positions this week in a separate skirmish at the state Supreme …

Insurance Coverage in Concurrent Cause Cases: Florida Supreme Court Decides District Split in Favor of Coverage

On December 1, 2016, the Florida Supreme Court held in an insurance coverage case that “when independent perils converge and no single cause can be considered the sole or proximate cause, it is appropriate to apply the concurring cause doctrine.” …

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 …

Florida Supreme Court Rejects Floating Home Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a Florida man’s latest appeal in a landmark case involving the seizure and destruction of his floating home. The justices denied without comment Fane Lozman’s petition asking them to enforce their 2013 ruling …

Florida Floating Home Case Winner Back to High Court

Four years ago, Fane Lozman won an improbable longshot victory when the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with him that his floating home was a house, not a vessel subject to seizure by a Florida city. The justices set a new …

How Recent Workers’ Comp Court Decisions May Affect Florida Business

Although there has been a great deal of debate about recent Florida Supreme Court decisions related to workers’ compensation legislation, few employers understand how it will affect their businesses, according to Lykes Insurance, a Florida-based commercial insurance firm. “These decisions …

Florida High Court Clarifies Uninsured Motorist Bad Faith Principles

The Florida Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling that the determination of the full extent of damages in an uninsured motorist bad faith case should be adjudicated in the subsequent bad faith lawsuit rather than in the UM …

Florida Supreme Court Finds 104-Week Temporary Disability Benefits Cap Unconstitutional

The Florida Supreme Court has delivered another blow to Florida’s workers’ compensation system with a ruling today that the state’s statutory 104-week cap on temporary disability benefits is unconstitutional. The Florida Supreme Court ruled 5-2 in favor of the of …