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Florida Statutes Provide for Recovery of Attorney’s Fees for Cases Against Insurance Companies

Florida Statutes Provide for Recovery of Attorney’s Fees for Cases Against Insurance Companies   The Florida Legislature has sought fit to provide for the recovery of attorney’s fees in first party insurance case.   The rationale behind this statute is that the insurer’s should act correctly and in

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Florida Supreme Court Rules that Citizens is Immune for Bad Faith.

In a very important decision, the Florida Supreme Court issued and Opinion on May 14th 2015 finding that “that a statutory first-party bad faith cause of action under section 624.155(1)(b) is not an exception to the immunity granted to Citizens by the Legislature. Accordingly, we quash Perdido

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Hunt v. State Farm – Requirement for Insured to Provide a Proof of Loss

Hunt v. State Farm – Requirement for Insured to Provide a Proof of Loss The issue in Hunt v. State Farm was whether the policyholder breached their duties under the insurance policy by not timely submitting a Sworn Proof of Loss. The Hunt case is a Hurricane

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Coast Guard Issues a Report stating HMS Bounty was lost because the Captain should not have sailed into Hurricane Sandy.

The Coast Guard report stated that the main reason, the HMS Bounty, a replica 18th century ship sank during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 was because the captain and management made bad decisions to sail into the storm.  This opinion and conclusions are the same as other federal

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New Storm Surge Maps

The hurricane center will try posting color-coded maps online if a storm threatens to make landfall, to show how far inland the ocean might surge and how high that water could rise in individual communities.  These maps are a new program to be started this year and

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Sea World of Florida LLC v. Perez – Trainers Cannot be in Direct Contact with Killer Whales

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington ruled Friday that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s requirement that trainers not be in direct contact with the whales during shows without protective barriers or keeping a distance was justified as OSHA acted under the “general duty” clause of

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Two Former Cops Arrested for Allgedly Setting Fire to a Boat and Defrauding an Insurer

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said they arrested Melbourne Police Department Sergeant Brian Wical on charges of arson and filing a false and fraudulent police report and insurance claim. Allegedly they conspired to defraud an insurer by purposely destroying a pleasure boat. According to investigators, in

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New Insurer gets into Yacht and Mega Yacht Coverage

Ironshore Inc.states that it is now covering high-end pleasure craft, yachts and mega yachts on a global basis. James G. Bishop, Jr., has been named to lead the unit that will provide cover for boats, yachts, luxury yachts and mega yachts and support Ironshore’s Personal Lines business

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Faulty Equipment Caused Alabama Cruise Ship Breakaway

A report by the National Transportation Safety Board report states faulty pieces of equipment used to secure ships to docks led to a Carnival cruise ship breaking free.  This ship then hit two other vessels during a windstorm. The April report says the accident caused about $2.7

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More Information Regarding the Florida Homeowners Insurance Fraud Ring

  As previously discussed, a major fraud ring that staged fires and floods at South Florida homes to collect millions of dollars in claims from insurance companies has been broken up with charges against 22 people, authorities said Tuesday. The alleged ringleader, Jorge Fausto Espinosa, is a

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