LMA NEWSLETTER October 21, 2019


Over the past couple weeks I had the privilege of speaking to two distinguished groups of insurance professionals.  First, the Insurance Accounting and Systems Association (IASA)’s Sunshine Chapter met in Tampa for a packed day of discussion on what I will call the glue that holds an insurance company together.  The attendees are insurance company …

Report Sheds Light on Open Michael Claims

Legislators ask for fresh look at claims process

There’s been some fuss since summer about the number of open insurance claims from Hurricane Michael, which struck the Florida Panhandle a year ago October 10.  So regulators ordered an enhanced data call of insurance companies’ claims to gain some insight.  The resulting report is out and …

Florida Legislative Committees Getting Busy

House Speaker desk CU (committee legislature)

“Climate Change”, Building Codes, and Litigation teed-up

Rising insurance litigation and bad faith were among other topics discussed at legislative committee meetings last week.  Also explored were the environment, criminal justice funding, children’s issues, healthcare, more toll roads, and boosting teacher pay among a variety of other issues.  In the Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee, …

Bill Watch

Auto AOB among bills of interest

Legislative committees are back in session this week and the Florida Senate will convene in special session beginning today to consider the reinstatement or removal of Scott Israel as Broward County Sheriff.  The Governor suspended Sheriff Israel in January over the Parkland School Shooting, but a Special Master has …

Bad Faith on Trial

Can insurance adjusters be held liable?

Still on the subject of bad faith insurance law, there’s a significant court ruling out of the state of Washington that held close attention for the insurance and specifically, the claims adjusting community.  And it’s one that could come back into play in Florida and other states.  The question: …

Lawyers Handling Claims Not Always Protected by Privilege

Court holds certain documents exempt

While claims adjusters are usually able to handle claims by themselves, complex cases sometimes call for help from the insurance company’s legal team.  These “super adjusters” then become involved in adjusting the claim and because they are lawyers, the communication between the parties becomes limited and calculated.  A recent court …

Can You Pass the US Citizenship Test?


(By Bruce A. Blitman, Certified Mediator, Arbitrator and Umpire, Law Office of Bruce Blitman, Palm Beach Gardens.)

In order to become a naturalized U.S. citizen, you must pass the naturalization test.  At your naturalization interview, you will be required to answer questions about your application and background.  You will also take an English and civics …

Lawsuit Ok’d for Blind Man Trying to Order Online Pizza

handicapped parking spot

Court rules ADA access applies to digital storefronts

There’s another court ruling that reminds us once again that if you own a website, you need to make sure that it’s fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – or risk being sued!  The U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month gave the go-ahead to …