The propriety of Florida Specialty Insurance Company’s insolvency should be investigated by the media and other Florida leaders. The Florida Department of Financial Services filed what appears to be a spurious motion to disqualify a very reputable insurance company law firm, Cozen O’Connor, that filed a motion, which if correct, shows that a simple accounting error lead to a false claim that Florida Specialty Insurance Company was insolvent.
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For some time now, people have been keeping a close eye on several of Puerto Rico’s major insurance carriers due to rumors of insolvency. One of those insurance carriers, Real Legacy Assurance, has unfortunately confirmed these rumors and recently filed for liquidation. According to reports, the carrier has paid nearly $40 million dollars to settle approximately 630 claims – however, many more Hurricane Irma and Maria claims remain unresolved.1
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Most people think insurance companies are flush with billions in cash as they continually underpay and deny claims. For most of the big insurance companies, this is true, but for some smaller companies spread across the country and localized in certain states, solvency can become an issue. Often, insurance companies such as Tower Insurance get bought out or declare bankruptcy because they do not have enough assets to pay their claims and overhead, or other larger insurance companies squeeze them out of the market.
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Yesterday, Judge Kevin Carroll of the Leon County Circuit Court, entered a Consent Order placing Sunshine State Insurance Company (“Sunshine State”) into receivership for liquidation, and stayed all current litigation against the company. Learning of this situation prompted me to call up some folks involved with a recent Sunshine State claim settlement I negotiated to ensure that settlement checks had been cashed . . .you might want to do the same if in a similar situation.

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Coral Insurance Company has been placed in receivership. One aspect of handling claims where the insurer is in receivership is that a statutory time limit exists to file a lawsuit. However, for adjusters and policyholders, before a lawsuit can be filed, a "claim deadline" must first be met. We often get requests shortly before the lawsuit deadline only to find the claim deadline had not been met.


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