Florida Supreme Court News

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 …

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 …