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Past articles by William:

ALJ Order Raises Question: Must Appraisers Be Licensed?

A public adjuster that has been vilified by insurers for disrupting and delaying property inspections could soon be suspended for two years following a → Read More

DeSantis Pitches More Tort Reform, Trial Lawyers Push Back

It's now clear what the regular session of the Florida Legislature will focus on when lawmakers convene March 7: More litigation measures that would bring → Read More

Few Florida Insurers Compel Arbitration, but Attorneys Say that Will Change

After American Integrity Insurance Co. filed for a binding arbitration endorsement on homeowner policies one year ago, many in the industry expected a → Read More

Insurers Do Not Have to Defend in Opioid Litigation, Federal Appeals Court Finds

Two insurance carriers have no duty to defend or to indemnify Quest Pharmaceuticals in lawsuits brought over the drug distributor's role in the opioid → Read More

New Florida Law Makes Joint Settlement Offers ‘Legit’ but May Not Go Far Enough

In the celebration over the Florida Legislature's sweeping insurance reforms approved last month, one statutory change has slipped under the radar a bit – → Read More

Fla. Plaintiff’s Attorney Disbarred, Public Adjuster May Lose License

Florida officials have taken strong action against two of the insurance industry's most-detested adversaries, disbarring a notorious plaintiffs' attorney → Read More

Policyholders, Agents Say United Leaving Ian Claims in Limbo

The Florida Legislature's insurance rescue bill, approved last week, won't take effect soon enough to help policyholders and insurance agents who've had → Read More

Ky. Supreme Court Overturns Jury Verdict in Bad-Faith Claim

Cincinnati Insurance Co. dodged a $4.6 million judgment last week when the Kentucky Supreme Court found that a trial judge should have preempted a jury → Read More

Independent Adjusters Charge Florida Insurers With Doctoring Damage Estimates

Do some Florida property insurance companies hire independent adjusters to inspect property claims, then routinely alter their inspection reports to → Read More

Pickleball Explosion in Florida Creating New Hits and Misses for Insurers, Agents

If the insurance industry hasn't noticed, the sport known as pickleball is exploding across the country, especially in Florida, where more than 15 indoor → Read More

Fla. Courts Upholding Appraisal Clauses that Bar Assignment of Benefit Cases

A Florida appeals court has upheld the dismissal of no fewer than 16 auto glass assignment-of-benefits lawsuits against Progressive Insurance companies, → Read More

Two Farmers Indicted in Kentucky Crop Insurance Fraud

Two Kentucky farmers and a relative have been indicted for falsifying crop damage and exaggerating the size of their fields in order to reap crop → Read More

Researchers Say Misleading FEMA Flood Maps Understate Risk

Researchers at North Carolina State University have added their voices to the growing number of people who say that federal flood maps are inadequate and → Read More

Fla. Cat Fund May Borrow Billions Even Without Another Hurricane

The Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund is well equipped to handle losses from Hurricane Ian, which are now estimated to cost the fund about $10 billion, → Read More

Florida CFO Calls for Ban on Assignments of Benefits, Limits on Public Adjusters

In the wake of Hurricane Ian, Florida's chief financial officer has taken a hard line on insurance claims litigation, calling for an outright ban on → Read More

Florida Building Codes Made a Big Difference for Newer Homes in Ian, Reports Show

In the hardest-hit parts of southwest Florida, many newer structures survived remarkably intact in Hurricane Ian's winds, suggesting that updated Florida → Read More

Some Fear Ian Will Consume Florida Cat Fund, Forcing More Reinsurance

While some analysts are predicting that the property insurance industry will be able to manage Hurricane Ian and its estimated $50 billion in insured → Read More

Attorney for a Top Florida Insurance Law Firm Disbarred After Forgeries, Misconduct

A former attorney with one of Florida's top insurance defense firms has been disbarred after the Bar said she engaged in repeated acts of neglect, → Read More

Fla. Public Adjuster Among 2 Arrested in Long-Running Operation Rubicon Investigation

Those familiar with insurance fraud schemes in Florida will remember Operation Rubicon. That was the year-long investigation by Miami-Dade and Florida → Read More

Andrew Upended Fla. Insurance Market, but Storm of Litigation Even Worse

It was 30 years ago that Hurricane Andrew, the strongest storm to make U.S. landfall in more than two decades, gouged its way across south Florida, → Read More