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New lawsuit filed against Florida’s insurance commissioner

Published: May. 18, 2022 at 5:56 PM EDT
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A new lawsuit is now targeting Florida’s insurance commissioner in the latest development in the state’s ongoing homeowners insurance crisis.

The suit was filed in Leon County by the Restoration Association of Florida (RAF) and a contractor, Air Quality Assessors.

It looks to reverse a policy change recently enacted.

Florida Insurance Commissioner Dana Altmaier is named in the suit.

According to the lawsuit from the RAF, the change violated public policy by allowing, "American Integrity Insurance Company of Florida and Heritage Property & Casualty Insurance Company to change consumers' insurance policies. Those changes restricted homeowners' rights regarding repair work and violated Florida's Homeowner Claims Bill of Rights."

Richie Kidwell, the president of RAF, said the change can adversely impact homeowners.

"It would cut away the access that homeowners have to be reimbursed for prevailing party fees, so if they hire a lawyer, it would be out of their own pocket," Kidwell said. "So, somebody with $10,000 indemnity coming back to them, they would have to pay the majority of that portion to an attorney instead of fixing their home."

So far, there's been no comment from the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation.

State lawmakers will meet Monday in a special session to look at ways to curb soaring premiums and policy cancellations for homeowners.

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