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Florida is ranked #46 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, falling two spots from its already low 2015 ranking. Florida scores poorly in all of the key element categories, but particularly with regard to the competence and impartiality of trial judges—where it ranked 48th.  

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Florida Court Rejects Restrictions on Assignment of Benefits

December 06, 2017 | News and Blog

Saying the issue is "best addressed by the Legislature," Florida's Fifth District Court of Appeal rejected an effort that would have required assignment of benefits (AOB) to have written consent from an insurance policyholder and their mortgage lender, reports Daily Business Review. Read More »

In the News Today - December 1, 2017

December 01, 2017 | News and Blog

Brazil High Court Rejects Attempt to Enforce Fraudulent Chevron Judgment; Federal judge wipes out nearly all cases in Eliquis MDL; Florida Supreme Court denies recusal of Justice Pariente, no explanation offered Read More »

Fla. Gov. Moves to Disqualify State Supreme Court Justice Amid Hot Mic Controversy

November 21, 2017 | News and Blog

Florida Gov. Rick Scott moved to disqualify State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente in a case that will decide who has the power to appoint the next three justices, reports the Florida Record. Read More »

ILR Op-ed: "Florida homeowners need break from assignment-of-benefits lawsuits"

November 03, 2017 | News and Blog

Abusive assignment of benefits (AOB) claims are an "entirely preventable, human-driven phenomenon" that are driving up insurance cost after Hurricane Irma in Florida, wrote ILR Executive Vice President Harold Kim in an op-ed in the Sun Sentinel. Read More »

In the News Today - June 8, 2017

June 08, 2017 | News and Blog

In a recent opinion piece, Lord Faulks urges the government of the United Kingdom to "consider a growing and almost unregulated phenomenon that is in danger or undermining the integrity" of the legal system. Read More »

WSJ Editorial Board Asks If Florida Legislature Exists "To Enrich Plaintiffs' Attorneys"

May 03, 2017 | News and Blog

In an editorial piece, the Wall Street Journal writes on the "renewed political effort to stop a trial-bar scheme" associated with assignment of benefits (AOB), "that scores insurance paydays [for plaintiffs' lawyers] at the expense of Sunshine State homeowners." Read More »

In the News Today - May 2, 2017

May 02, 2017 | News and Blog

Supporters of a bill restructuring the way attorneys' fees are awarded in some property disputes are urging the Florida Senate to pass a bill (HB 1421) to restructure the way attorneys' fees are awarded in some property disputes are urging the Florida Senate to tackle the issue. "We need to get the Senate to pass this bill," said William Large, president of the Florida Justice Reform Institute. "Somebody is paying for this, and that somebody is the insured who are paying higher premiums." Read More »

In the News Today - April 24, 2017

April 24, 2017 | News and Blog

The Florida legislature's effort to impose term limits on the state's supreme court and appellate court judges is a terrible idea that will downgrade and weaken Florida's judiciary. No other state has such draconian limitations on judicial terms, and for good reason. Simply put, term limits would push experience, independence, and institutional knowledge out of Florida's courtrooms. Read More »

Florida Judicial Terms Limits: An Idea So Bad, Both Business and the Plaintiffs' Bar Agree

April 24, 2017 | News and Blog

Let's face it: it's a rare occasion when the trial bar and business groups agree on anything. So rare, in fact, that the Sun Sentinel's Editorial Board compared it to the Chicago Cubs' historic World Series drought. Read More »

"Negligent Handshake" Leads to Lawsuit Between Lawyers

April 07, 2017 | News and Blog

Call it, perhaps, a handshake disagreement. Two Florida lawyers are meeting in court because of a handshake that one of the attorneys claims left him in "severe pain." Read More »

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