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Insurance Consultants and People Not Licensed as Public Adjusters Cannot Work on Property Insurance Claims

Florida law is significantly more specific about who may work on, aid in, or prepare a claim for a policyholder. Many insurance restoration contractors, all insurance consultants, and all those non-licensed third parties who help contractors, policyholders and public adjusters with insurance claims should get ready for a new way of doing business when a … Continue Reading

“American Rule” Abolished in Oklahoma

Most states follow the “American Rule” when it comes to litigation. In other words, absent a specific statute or contractual provision to the contrary, each party pays their own legal costs and fees. However, the Oklahoma legislature passed, and on May 10, 2017, the governor signed into law, a bill which, in essence, abolished the … Continue Reading

Update on Texas House Bill 1774

On May 7, 2017, I posted Texas House of Representatives Passes House Bill 1774, noting that the potential law could have a negative impact on Texas policyholders and their representatives, and promising you an update. Last week, the Texas Senate passed the latest version of the bill, and it is now before the Governor for … Continue Reading

State Legislation Regarding Property Insurance is Filed All Over the Country

Merlin Law Group has recently entered into a custom service with our online legal research vendor to provide updates on proposed property insurance legislation, regulations, and insurance commissioner bulletins. The reason is we have done this is because of the increased number of proposed bills and changes in administrative law from the departments of insurance. … Continue Reading

Preview of Florida’s Upcoming Legislative Session

Merlin Law Group Attorney and State Representative at Florida House Of Representatives, Sean Shaw, will be LIVE today at 11am EST talking about this year’s legislative session in Tallahassee. Here’s your chance to ask questions before the session. You don’t want to miss it! Go to https://www.facebook.com/seanmichaelshaw @ 11am EST 3/2/17 to tune in.… Continue Reading

Assignment of Benefits and the 2017 Florida Legislative Session

The 2017 Florida Legislative Session does not start until March 7th but committee weeks have begun in both Chambers. As a member of the Florida House of Representatives, I have been assigned to the following committees: Civil Justice & Claims Subcommittee Commerce Committee Energy & Utilities Subcommittee Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee Insurance & … Continue Reading

Thank you!

I want to thank everyone who helped us achieve a hard fought victory in my August 30th primary for the Florida House of Representatives. My law firm colleagues have been with me every step of this journey. They never wavered in their support and were there to offer whatever assistance I needed on my cases. … Continue Reading

New Florida Sinkhole Law Effective July 1, 2016

Under a new law that takes effect July 1, 2016, insurers may offer a new type of personal lines residential sinkhole coverage. Florida Governor Rick Scott signed CS/CS/SB 1274 into law, which created Section 627.7151, Florida Statutes, allowing insurance companies, at their option, to provide limited sinkhole coverage for a “sinkhole loss” to homeowners—which is … Continue Reading
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