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Florida Families Need Rick Scott to Champion Assignment of Benefits Reform

(Sunshine State News) – We got the headline on Tuesday's Citizens' rate increase story wrong. It wasn't the abuses that forced a 5.3 percent average increase in Citizens' insurance policies in...

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Citizens to Ask Florida for Insurance-Rate Hikes, Blaming Water Claims

(Orlando Sentinel) – Continuing to point at “out of control” water damage claims, the Citizens Property Insurance Board of Governors on Tuesday unanimously backed proposed rate increases that would hit South Florida...

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That Drip, Drip, Drip You Hear is the Cost of Your Homeowners Insurance Rising

(Miami Herald) – South Florida homeowners insured by Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will likely see annual premiums rise by more than 10 percent next year if the rate increase requested on Tuesday is approved.

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Abuses Force Citizens to Increase Rates in 3 South Florida Counties

(Sunshine State News) – Citizens’ Board of Governors approved recommended rates and policy changes for 2018 on Tuesday -- all of them "reflecting rising nonweather water losses, assignment of benefits abuse and out-of-control litigation that, left unchecked, will force rate hikes for years to come."

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Atwater: Florida Must Tackle Insurance 'Assignment of Benefits' Problems

(Orlando Sentinel) – Readying to leave the state Cabinet at the end of the month, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said Wednesday that lawmakers need to address an insurance practice that critics argue is driving up homeowners’ rates.

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Action 9 Exposes Contractor Taking Thousands from Many Homeowners

(WFTV ABC) – Action 9 has learned that a state licensed contractor cashed customers' insurance checks but never installed their new roofs.

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Editorial: Lawmakers Ignore Insurance Mess

(Tampa Bay Times) – Florida's badly broken system for filing and settling insurance claims, which is wreaking havoc in the property insurance market, is creeping into auto policies with Tampa Bay at ground zero.

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Tampa Bay is Ground Zero for Assignment of Benefits Cases Over Broken Auto Glass

(Tampa Bay Times) – When Rachel Thorpe tried to renew her auto insurance last year for her Toyta RAV4...

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Florida's Insurance Test

(Wall Street Journal) – Will Republicans block an attempt to limit a legal scam? Does Florida’s legislature exist to enrich plaintiffs attorneys or to serve the Sunshine State’s voters?

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Florida House Approves Assignment of Benefits Reform Legislation

(Florida Politics) – Assignment of benefits reforms ardently sought by the insurance industry and business passed the Florida House Wednesday on a vote of 91-26.

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Fla. House Ready to Pass Home Insurance Bill, Senate Another Story

(Palm Beach Post) – The Florida House is ready to pass as early as today a bill insurers want to crack down on attorney’s fees they say are ...

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A Florida Law Grants License to STEAL

(Fort Myers Florida Weekly) – THE COST OF HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE in Florida, already about twice the national average, will continue to rise thanks to...

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Insurance Claims Bill Advances in House, But Senate Not Cooperating

(ABC Action News, WFTS Tampa Bay) – t looks like South Florida homeowners should brace themselves for another year of property insurance rate hikes.

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Assignment of Benefits Abuse Driving Up Cost of Home, Car Insurance in Florida

(ABC Action News, WFTS Tampa Bay) – Small business owner Mike Hinsch's trouble started after a mobile glass business replaced the windshields in three work trucks. Hinch’s auto policy exploded from $16,000 a year to $22,000 over the windshield claim.

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Consumer Protection Coalition Applauds Commerce Committee's Passage of House Assignment of Benefits (AOB) Bill

(Consumer Protection Coalition) – The Consumer Protection Coalition today applauded the House Commerce Committee for moving forward House Bill 1421, which takes positive steps toward stopping Assignment of Benefits abuse.

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Our View: Florida Must Restrain Insurance Abuse

(The Daytona Beach News-Journal) – Until Hurricane Matthew raked the Atlantic coast last October, Florida had been spared major storm damage since the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons devastated homes and businesses —

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Wells: AOB a Growing Problem for Florida Families

(Tallahassee Democrat) – Florida homeowners need to start taking action regarding an escalating problem that will lead to increases in their insurance premiums in the near future. Abuses of the Assignments of Benefits (AOB)...

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Consumer Protection Coalition Launches Ad on Assignment of Benefits Claims

(Florida Politics) – The Consumer Protection Coalition launched a radio and television ad campaign Monday to warn homeowners of how Assignment of Benefits abuse could cause insurance rates to skyrocket in Florida.

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Commentary: Bill Helps Weed Out Dishonest Contractors Who Misuse Assignment of Benefits Contracts

(Orlando Sentinel) – In my 25 years in the roofing business, I have come across all kinds of contractors. The good ones follow the rules and comply with the ever-changing state and federal regulations that govern our industry.

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Homeowner's Face Insurance Hikes Because of 'Benefits'

(Fort Myers News-Press) – Florida homeowners need to start taking action regarding an escalating problem that will lead to increases in their insurance premiums in the near future.

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Florida's Trial Bar Hurricane

(The Wall Street Journal) – Governor Rick Scott has done heroic work to shore up the finances of Florida’s catastrophic insurer before the next big hurricane makes landfall. But storm or no storm, taxpayers will still get whacked with Category 5 bills if Tallahassee doesn’t shut down the state’s latest plaintiffs attorney get-rich-quick scheme.

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William Large: Florida Must End Assignment of Benefits Abuse, Self-Serving Windfalls

(Florida Politics) – A state law that was originally intended to give individual policyholders special rights in disputes with their insurance companies is instead being used by some...

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Bill to Address Insurance Claims Abuses Advances

(Sun Sentinel) – A bill aimed at slowing insurance rate increases by curbing claims abuses advanced out of a key state House committee on Tuesday, despite complaints from both sides about key provisions.

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Action 9 Confronts Roofing Company Accused of Taking Insurance Money for Jobs Not Done

(WFTV-9) – Action 9 investigated a roofing contractor who customers claim collected their insurance checks, but never installed new roofs. It's a company Todd Ulrich first exposed for telling customers that they had hail damage that didn't exist.

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Policyholders Pay for Assignment of Benefit Abuse

(Sun-Sentinel) – South Florida homeowners will pay higher premiums for years to come unless state lawmakers take steps to stop the tide of rising water loss claims, assignment of benefit abuse and increased litigation.

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Attorneys Fees Protected in Rival Insurance Claims Reform Bill

(Sun-Sentinel) – Now it’s the attorneys’ turn to pitch their version of insurance claims reform. Freshman state Sen. Gary Farmer, a Fort Lauderdale-based attorney and former president of the trial attorneys’ trade organization Florida Justice Association, is offering an alternative to a bill supported by the insurance industry that would bar trial attorneys from collecting fees in thousands of lawsuits against insurers.

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First Florida Bill Addressing AOB Introduced for 2017 Session

(Insurance Journal) – Florida now has legislation backed by the top Florida insurance regulator and the industry that promises to curtail homeowners insurance abuse under the assignment of benefits (AOB) feature.

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Editorial: Water Claims Spell Trouble for Florida Property Insurance Market

(Tampa Bay Times) – A steady drip usually signals bigger trouble, and this is no exception. Insurance claims and lawsuits for water damage are climbing, and the mess is spreading from South Florida to Tampa Bay.

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Thousands of Florida Mortgages Could be at Risk Because of Insurance Abuse

(Miami Herald) – An Ohio insurance-rating company has warned that recent court rulings and skyrocketing losses from water-damage claims have created an “uncertain operating environment” for Florida’s property insurers... .

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Florida's AOB Abuse by the Numbers: 'Alarming Trend' Reaches Crisis Point

(Insurance Journal) – Assignment of benefits abuse has escalated over the last five years to the point where it is now a serious disruption to Florida’s insurance market.

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South Florida's Leaky Pipe Problem Poses Risk to Homeowners Insurance

(Miami Herald) – Florida’s homeowners’ insurance landscape has been treated gently by Mother Nature in the last decade, but the industry sees demons approaching that are increasing the cost and reducing access to affordable property insurance, especially in South Florida.

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Insurance Losses Demand Action From State Lawmakers: Where We Stand

ORLANDO, Fla. (Orlando Sentinel) – Hurrricane season is still more than three months away, but a different kind of tempest is threatening Florida property insurers, their policyholders and the state’s economy.

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Action 9 Investigates Hidden Insurance Rate Hikes

ORLANDO, Fla. (WFTV-9) – Action 9 exposes what's driving up homeowner's insurance rates and it's not hurricanes. Instead it's routine plumbing leaks when water damage contractors take over insurance claims and drastically drive up repair costs.

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NBRC roofing scammer exposed by 8 On Your Side ordered to pay $631K

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – One of the key defendants in a massive roofing scam uncovered by an 8 On Your Side investigation pleaded guilty in a Pinellas courtroom to organized fraud Friday morning.

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Editorial: Florida water scam is soaking consumers, must be plugged

State-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. is looking for a 9 percent increase from Palm Beach County homeowners – and an average 6.8 percent statewide – even though there hasn’t been a hurricane in more than 10 years.

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