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Parasailing Regulations Closer to Reality in Florida

Parasailing in Florida moved closer to becoming a regulated industry Thursday, with the Senate approving a bill that would place safety guidelines on companies. The legislation details insurance, equipment and license requirements, along with weather conditions that would force operations …

Two Florida Men Arrested for Staged Boat Theft

Jorge Bellomo and Eugenio Ulowicz were arrested after an undercover operation led by the Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF), Florida Fish & Wildlife State Law Enforcement and the Sunny Isles Beach Police Department uncovered their scheme …

Florida’s No-Fault Reform Leads to Downward Trend in Suspicious Claims

A new report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau reveals a decline in Florida’s personal injury protection (PIP) questionable claims (QCs). In 2013, Florida PIP QCs declined by 7.6 percent from 2012. Meanwhile, for the period 2010 through 2013, Florida …

Florida Looks to Private Insurers for More Flood Insurance Options

The Florida Legislature is moving forward on a plan to entice private insurance companies to sell flood policies in the state that’s the most vulnerable to storm surge. It’s not clear, though, that many private insurers will want to assume …

Florida Man Arrested for Filing False Crash Claims

David Glincher, of Weston, Fla., was arrested on charges of theft, white collar crime and fraud for allegedly filing car insurance claims on behalf of consumers who were either unaware of the filings or never received claim payouts. The Department …

Florida’s Citizens Reaches Settlement Over Sinkhole Damage

Florida’s state-run insurer says it has reached a settlement to allow homeowners to receive professionally recommended repairs for sinkhole damage. In an announcement Wednesday, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation said it will pay for underground repairs as recommended by a professional …

Florida Bill Protects Certain Defendants in Nursing Home Lawsuits

Defendants who can be named in lawsuits against nursing homes would be limited under a bill that moved Wednesday through the House Civil Justice Committee. Developers, silent partners and other parties that could be unconnected to accused nursing facilities would …

Florida Woman Finds Sleeping Burglar on her Couch

A central Florida woman says she woke up to find a suspected burglar asleep on her couch. Police arrested the 26-year-old man Tuesday. He’s charged with burglarizing several businesses before making his way into the Mount Dora home. Orlando television …

Parasailing Safety Bill Passes Florida Senate Committee

A Senate committee unanimously approved a bill that would provide safety guidelines for parasailing companies after hearing tearful testimonies from a 17-year-old who suffered a brain injury and broken bones in her spine and from a mother whose daughter died …

Florida’s ‘Operation Leaky Pipes’ Leads to 12 Arrests

The ongoing insurance fraud investigation known as ‘Operation Leaky Pipes’ has led to the arrests of 12 Miami residents, according to an announcement made by CFO Jeff Atwater. The investigation uncovered a scheme between a licensed public adjuster and a …