Topic: Florida Developments

Florida Bill would Allow Policyholders to Use Viatical Settlement Proceeds to Pay for Medicaid-Covered Long-Term Care

On January 24, 2013, Florida Representative Jimmy T. Patronis (R) filed House Bill 535 (the “Bill”), which, among other things, would allow owners of certain life insurance policies to use viatical settlement contracts to cover the cost of Medicaid long-term care services. If adopted, the Bill would alter existing law, which requires exhaustion of a person’s assets, including allowing any in-force life insurance policies to lapse, before paying out Medicaid benefits. 

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Florida District Court Grants Dismissal of TCPA Coverage Lawsuit on Basis of Statutory Exclusion

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida recently issued an Order denying coverage to an insured for an underlying class action suit alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, as amended by the Junk Fax Prevention Act of 2005.   See Interline Brands, Inc. v. Chartis Specialty Insurance Company, No. 3:11-cv-731-J-25JRK (M.D. Fla. November 21, 2012). 

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Florida Amends Captive Law

Florida has amended its captive law pursuant to H.B. 1101, reducing minimum capital and surplus requirements for industrial insured captives, expanding the lines of insurance that may be written by captives, and recognizing pure and special purpose captive insurance companies as distinct from traditional Florida domestic insurers. 

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Florida Supreme Court Answers Certified Questions from Eleventh Circuit In Anticipated Hurricane Related Bad Faith Opinion

On May 31, 2012, in an anticipated opinion, the Florida Supreme Court resolved five certified questions from the United States Court Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in a case styled Chalfonte Condominium Apartment Association, Inc. v. QBE Insurance Corporation, Case. No. SC09-441.  The case involves Hurricane Wilma damage sustained to Boca Raton, Florida condominium property owned by the insured. 

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