LMA NEWSLETTER June 4, 2018

Phishing for Trouble

In the June 2018 edition of Florida Trend, there’s a fascinating 30-page insert about the University of Florida’s (UF) research community and how the scientists who are a part of that are shaping our future to make it safer, easier, more connected and well, just plain cool! In several of the pages are articles about …

Hurricane Season Already Underway

Recent storms growing stronger more quickly

Although the official start to the sixth-month Atlantic hurricane season was this past Friday, the season got off to an early start with last week’s subtropical storm Alberto.  The storm made landfall west of Panama City and for two days prior and afterward, brought heavy rain, gusty winds, and …

Commonsense Ideas for the Cat Fund

Excess reserves are better in the policyholders’ pockets

Of course, when the big hurricane hits Florida – or even a series of more modest ones – Florida’s Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (Cat Fund) is ready to provide the backing insurance companies may need to pay policyholder claims. This state program was created after the devastation of …

The Push by the Plaintiff Bar for Public Insurance Complaints

Ever heard of billboards and TV?

LMA has been following the insurance records dispute case that is now headed to the Florida Supreme Court. In essence, plaintiff lawyers are miffed that they can no longer access the Department of Financial Services (DFS) records of those seeking free help for insurance disputes. When I served as …

DOJ to The Florida Bar: Oh no you don’t!

The Bar is not immune to U.S. anti-trust law say Feds

While plaintiff attorneys vigorously covet any public records from which they can potentially pluck clients, they also don’t want anyone infringing on their turf either, and lately they’ve had the powerful Florida Bar Association behind them in an effort to put a Miami tech …

The Welfare Mom Making Six Figures

Tales of Florida fraud while cryptocurrency buyers beware

If you were wondering if fraud has stemmed at all here in the Sunshine State, it has not. It’s a big state, after all, with creative criminal minds. We start this week at ground zero: Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. The ongoing and well-chronicled Medicaid Fraud problem has …

Revising Florida’s State Constitution

Amendment 7 all about higher education

(Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series on the 13 proposed state constitutional amendments that will appear on this November’s ballot for Florida voters to consider.)

Amendment 7 is actually three proposals in one amendment. It would require a supermajority vote of the state Board of Governors …

Sharing Great News

We opened the newsletter with some of the great things happening at the University of Florida and that means all of the Gator Nation are cheering this morning. I myself am a Florida State alumni so don’t think I am slighting my home turf and I bet so many of you have stories of tremendous …