Florida CFO Urging Insurers to “Step Up” in Closing Out Remaining Hurricane Michael Claims

Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis is urging insurance companies to resolve the more than 21,000 open insurance claims related to Hurricane Michael. On the 9-month anniversary of Hurricane Michael, CFO Patronis released a statement to acknowledge “great strides in recovery,” but noted there’s a lot more work to do.

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What Laws Did or Did Not Pass During Florida’s 2019 Legislative Session

Many laws that were passed by the Florida Legislature during the 2019 legislative session effect the insurance industry. The majority of the laws took affect on July 1st. Here’s a summary of what did and did not pass.

Here’s what passed:

  • HB 7065 – AOB Reform (Effective date: July 1, 2019)
  • HB 301 – Insurance “Omnibus” bill (Effective date: July 1, 2019)
  • HB 617 – Flood Insurance Disclosure (Effective date: July 1, 2019)
  • HB 107 – Hands-Free Driving Requirement (Effective date: July 1, 2019)
  • HB 311 – Autonomous Vehicles (Effective date: July 1, 2019)
  • SB 1024 – Blockchain Technology Task Force (Effective date: July 1, 2019)
  • HB 1393 – Modifies Areas Regulated by the Florida Department of Financial Services (Effective date: July 1, 2019)
  • HB 7091 – Hurricane and Flood Loss Model Trade Secrets (Effective date: October 1, 2019)
  • SB 426 – Firefighters Cancer Benefits (Effective date: July 1, 2019)
  • HB 1253 – Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (Effective date: July 1, 2019)
  • SB 983 – First Responder PTSD (Effective date: Upon becoming law)

Here’s what didn’t pass:

  • HB 323 – Motor Vehicle Insurance Coverage for Windshield Glass
  • SB 1052 – Motor Vehicle Insurance/Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
  • HB 7077 – Medical Malpractice
  • SB 538/HB 387 – Nonadmitted Insurance Markets
  • HB 751 – Duty of Good Faith

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Autonomous Vehicles’ Movement Towards the Mainstream

There have been many significant advances in autonomous vehicle technology around the world. Among those was a bill that was recently passed in Florida, allowing AV systems to operate on the streets without a human driver. Safety is among the main factors driving and slowing down the development of AV technology.

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 94% of serious auto accidents are due to human error. However, autonomous vehicles have some of the same issues that people encounter. AV technology can be affected by weather, road markings, etc. that confuses the AV cameras and lasers, making it difficult to navigate certain areas.

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Tampa Attorney Quoted in Article about Hillsborough County’s Teen Court

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Roig Lawyers Tampa attorney Philip L. Colesanti II was quoted in an article in the Osprey Observer entitled “Teen Court Volunteers Hear Cases Offering Alternatives To First-Time Offenders.”

The article is about the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Hillsborough County’s Teen Court that was created for first-time teenage offenders as a better alternative for Juvenile Court. Pro bono attorneys volunteer as judges and train the ‘teen’ attorneys.

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Roig Lawyers Ranked #1 in Law360’s 2019 Diversity Snapshot

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Roig Lawyers is the only minority-owned, Florida law firm ranked in Law360’s 2019 Diversity Snapshot for law firms with 50-149 attorneys.

Roig Lawyers is ranked #1 for “The Best Firms For Minority Equity Partners” and “The Best Firms For Minority Attorneys.” It is also one of three firms with fewer than 150 attorneys that include 50% equity partners of color.

Our inclusion in this list is a reflection of our firm’s identity. We are proud of our philosophy of cultural diversity in the workplace.

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Land o’ Lakes Medical Marketing Company Owner Found Guilty in $2M Medicare Fraud Scheme

David Brock Lovelace, the owner of the medical marketing company DBL Management LLC, was found guilty of Medicare fraud. After a four-day trial, Lovelace was found guilty of conspiracy to pay health care kickbacks and structuring currency transactions to avoid the reporting requirement.

Lovelace paid cash kickback and bribes in exchange for the referral of Medicare beneficiaries’ DNA swabs. He was then paid a percentage of the reimbursements from the $2.2 million in claims submitted by a clinical lab.

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Couple Denied Coverage After Water Heater Leak Under Policy’s Earth Movement Exclusion

Barbara and Charles Hatch had a water heater leak about 4,000 gallons of water flooding their home. Their insurance company, GeoVera Specialty Insurance Co., inspected the claim and issued payment to mitigate the damage. However, after then work had begun the Hatch’s discovered damage to the foundation and structure of the home.

Upon further inspection, GeoVera denied coverage based on the Hatch’s policy that excludes under the earth movement, which caused the foundation and structural damage. The district court ruled the structural damage to the Hatches’ home was excluded as the company claimed and GeoVera was entitled to summary judgment on that portion of the Hatches’ claim. In its decision, the district court explained that, under the policy, any damage caused by the accidental discharge of water from the water heater, including the structural damage to the Hatches’ home, was covered “unless otherwise excluded.”

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Williston Hospital Being Investigated for Fraud

Williston’s Regional General Hospital has been allegedly involved in a $57 million fraud scheme with Jacksonville businessman Kyle Marcotte. Marcotte ran a urine testing operation which used Regional General and another hospital to bill insurance companies. Marcotte has agreed to plead guilty on charges of money laundering.

Regional General lost its hospital license but still operates a clinical lab. The hospital is now being investigated for fraud in connection with Marcotte’s charges and an unnamed person who “exercised control” over the hospital.

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Brothers Sentenced in $20 Million Insurance Fraud Scheme

Former insurance agent Stuart Alan Starr of One Stop Insurance Agency pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud in April 2019. Starr’s brother, Glen Wayne Starr pled guilty to the conspiracy to commit wire fraud in August 2018. The brothers received the same sentence of 101 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. They are both been ordered to pay over $20 million in restitution to the financial institutions they defrauded.

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10 Unlicensed Workers Arrested in Fraud Sting

Florida Department of Financial Services and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office launched ‘Operation Stonewall,’ a three-day fraud sting to catch contractors allegedly agreeing to perform work without the required licenses and proper workers’ compensation insurance coverage.

Ten individuals were arrested in the fraud sting and could serve up to 5 years in prison if convicted.

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