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AOB Abuse King Addresses His Army of Vendors, Vowing to Get Around New Law

Even before the ink on the just-passed AOB legislation had dried -- before Gov. Ron DeSantis had a chance to sign the bill into law -- Orlando attorney Harvey Cohen was trying to bleed every last penny out of the scam he invented to...

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Jimmy Patronis, Consumer Advocates Slam AOB Rush as Despicable, Shameless

With an overhaul of Florida’s assignment of benefit law kicking in this July, attorneys urged fast action by clients. But advocates of reform called such pressure on consumers shameless.

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Shameless: Trial Lawyers Solicit 'Last Call' for AOB Lawsuits While Blatantly Promising New Tactics to Thwart Passed AOB Reform Legislation

Even before the ink on the just-passed legislation has dried and Governor Ron DeSantis has had a chance to sign the bill...

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Consumer Protection Coalition Applauds Passage of AOB Reform Bill

Today’s passage of Assignment of Benefits reform is a victory for Florida’s homeowners and should help stop the abusive and fraudulent practices that have been harming consumers and driving out-of-control litigation, the Consumer Protection Coalition said.

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Consumer Protection Coalition Applauds Senate Rules Committee's Passage of AOB Reform Bill

The Consumer Protection Coalition today applauded the Senate Rules Committee for advancing a bill by Sen. Doug Broxson to stop abusive Assignment of Benefits practices that are harming consumers and resulting in costly litigation.

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Grassroots Support Growing for Assignment of Benefits Reform

As the Senate bill to reform Assignment of Benefits heads to its last legislative committee today, the Consumer Protection Coalition announced grassroots support is growing to stop AOB abuse that is harming consumers and driving costly litigation.

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CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Arrest of Jacksonville Contractor for $40,000 Fraud Scheme

A Jacksonville man has been arrested after allegedly forging customer signatures in construction documents and stealing more than $40,000 from customers.

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AOB Auto Glass Victims Share Their Stories

Florida residents who unknowingly signed Assignment of Benefits (AOB) forms in order to get windshield cracks repaired and later learned that the repair shop had sued their insurer without their knowledge, shared their stories in two new videos released by the Consumer Protection Coalition today.

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CPC Says Restoration Association of Florida is a Front Group for Trial Lawyers and Doesn't Represent Florida's Contractors

“The Restoration Association of Florida is nothing but a front for trial lawyers and remediation vendors who support the status quo, which is hurting Florida’s consumers and sparking out-of-control litigation.

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Assignment of Benefits Lawsuits Continues to Rise for Eight Straight Year, Report Says

For the eighth year in a row, assignment of benefits lawsuits accounted for more than half of all litigation against insurers statewide, a newly updated report by the Florida Justice Reform Institute claims.

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Report Details Continued Growth in AOBs...Thanks to a Handful of Busy Attorneys

State law intended to benefit insurance policyholders continues to generate an ever-increasing windfall for trial lawyers and the repair vendors who hire them, according to a newly updated report released today by the Florida Justice Reform Institute.

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AOB Lawsuits Outpacing Population Growth

Florida is growing fast.But another statewide metric is accelerating faster: assignment of benefits lawsuits.

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2019 Might Be Year for AOB Reform in Florida to Address Insurance Premium Rise

The head of a Florida insurance trade organization is cautiously optimistic that 2019 might be the year state...

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Action 9: Laws That Would Change Contractor Practices Gain Traction

For several years, Action 9 has exposed how some contractors abuse water damage insurance claims and...

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More Than 100 March for Assignment of Benefits Reform

A hundred and twenty-five supporters seeking to reform Assignment of Benefits contracts, marched to the state Capitol Wednesday morning.

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A Consumer Coalition is Hopeful This is the Year State Lawmakers Address the Issue of Fraud and Litigation in AOB's

Backed with 10,000 petition signatures, a group called the ...

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March on Capitol Calls for Legislative Fix to AOB Abuses

Sen. Doug Broxson on Wednesday led more than 125 supporters of assignment of benefits (AOB) reform in a...

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Floridians Supporting a Legislative Fix to AOB Abuse March to Capitol

State Senator Doug Broxson (R-Gulf Breeze) today led more...

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Senate's One-Way Attorney Fee Bill Draws Praise, Condemnation

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House AOB Bill Clears Banking & Insurance Subcommittee on Lopsided Vote

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House 'Assignment of Benefits' Changes Clear Another Hurdle

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How Florida AOB Crisis is Impacting State's Independent Agents

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Florida Senate, House Insurance Reform Bills Advance at DeSantis' Prodding

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DeSantis Wants to See Insurance 'Abuses Pared Back'

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Consumer Protection Coalition Applauds Senate B&I for Advancing AOB Reform Bill

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Don't Fall Prey to "Assignment of Benefits" Abuse

Talk to insurer before you sign.

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Charles Snellgrove: Assignment of Benefits Victim; Don't Make the Same Mistake We Did

My wife, Wendy, and I are Florida retirees who are proud to call this state our home.

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Insurance Assignment of Benefits Fraud Part 1

An AOB is an agreement that, once signed, transfers the insurance claims rights or benefits of the policy to a third party.

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Insurance Assignment of Benefits Fraud Part 2

An AOB is an agreement that, once signed, transfers the insurance claims rights or benefits of the policy to a third party.

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Insurance Assignment of Benefits Fraud Part 3

An AOB is an agreement that, once signed, transfers the insurance claims rights or benefits of the policy to a third party.

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Legal Loophole Lets Contractors Take Advantage of Homeowners, Watchdogs Say

Consumer watchdogs, state lawmakers, and the Florida Chamber of Commerce say a loophole in state law is driving ...

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Bill Galvano Says He's Happy With Progress on AOB Abuse

But, he adds "we'll see where the votes are."

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Money From Misery: Meet Harvey Cohen, the Johnny Appleseed of 'Assignment of Benefits' Claims

Ever wonder where "assignment of benefits" abuse came from?

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House Panel Takes Up Restrictions on One-Way Attorney Fee

It’s one part of the problem of assignment of benefits, or AOB, abuse.

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Hurricane Michael Victim Tells Lawmakers She Was Victimized a Second Time by AOB Abuse

Consumer Protection Coalition releases new video outlining AOB victim’s story

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Barry Gilway: Solid Citizens Data Supports Push for Reform

Over the past several years, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation has worked with Florida regulators, legislators...

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Senate Panel Hears of 'Stupefying' Increase in Insurance Litigation

Florida isn’t the only state that allows assignment of benefits, or AOB agreements, involving insurance policies.

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Senate Committee Workshop Demonstrates the Need for AOB Reform

Consumers, state leaders provide compelling evidence on...

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AP Day: Jimmy Patronis Seeks Accountability for Benefits Scammers, Identity Thieves

Following questionable contractor practices after...

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CFO Jimmy Patronis Wants AOB Fix

The Assignment of Benefits issue that has been plaguing the property insurance industry for a few years may finally be changed. During Wednesdays Associated Press Legislative...

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Opportunities Approach for Reforming Assignment-of-Benefits Insurance Legislation

Carolyn Johnson is hoping to seize the moment when it comes to reforming Florida’s assignment-of-benefits...

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Southeast Officials Focus on Curbing Fraud, Rising Auto Rates, Flood Insurance, Distracted Driving

For the seventh year in a row, the Florida insurance...

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Senate Prepares for 'Assignment of Benefits' Insurance Fight

A Senate committee plunged again Tuesday into a debate about the controversial insurance practice known as “assignment of benefits,” with the chairman vowing to resolve...

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Bill Aims to Reduce Home Insurance Costs by Restricting Attorneys' Fees

It’s time to prevent a handful of South Florida plaintiff’s attorneys from driving up home insurance premiums for everyone in Florida, three of Florida’s most powerful...

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Panama City Meeting Does Not Represent All Contractors

Some Restoration Vendors and Trial Lawyers Oppose Reforms That Are Driving Up Home and Auto Insurance for Consumers

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'I Think We're There' on AOB Reform, House Insurance Chairwoman Says

Through two straight years of political stalemate over assignment of benefits reform, legislative leaders have declared it would take a crisis to deliver a bill to the Governor’s office.

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New Senate Insurance chairman sets sights on ‘one-way’ attorney fees

The new chairman of the Senate Banking & Insurance Committee identified his primary legislative target Monday as the “one-way” attorney fee system...

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Regulators, Industry Seek to Keep Florida AOB Abuse in Check After Michael

In an effort to keep the Florida assignment of benefits (AOB) crisis from further worsening in the state, Florida’s insurance industry...

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Consumer Protection Coalition Warns Consumers to Beware of Assignment of Benefits Abuse Following Hurricane Michael

CPC deploys multiplatform PSA campaign warning about dangers of signing AOB

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Consumer Protection Coalition Urges Homeowners, Automobile Owners to Beware of Dangers of Signing an AOB to Repair Hurricane Damage

With Hurricane Michael rapidly approaching Florida...

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Our View: Put the Brakes on PIP Abuse

Who suffers most? People with legitimate injuries, home damage or significant handicaps.Too often, important consumer protections are threatened by greed.

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Consumer Protection Coalition Launches Interactive Digital Guide to Avoiding Contractor Fraud & Abuse

The Consumer Protection Coalition today launched an interactive digital guide designed to help Floridians avoid...

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Consumer Protection Coalition Welcomes New Members to Help End Assignment of Benefits Abuse

The Consumer Protection Coalition today announced the addition of new members to join in its efforts to stop...

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Assignment of Benefits: Some Contractors Take Advantage

WINK News Investigative Reporter Lauren Sweeney warns consumers about AOB abuse and the danagers of signing an AOB to start home repair work.

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Insurance Agents Gather in South Florida to Discuss Need for Assignment of Benefits (AOB) Reform

Insurance agents from across the state are gathering at the...

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Homeowner Goes Without Kitchen for Months, Blames Assignment of Benefits

It's been 10 months since a pipe burst and flooded Clarkia Denis's home near Riverview. When we visited Denis in...

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How the Florida Insurance Industry Hopes to Rein in AOB Crisis

“I think the number one thing the insurance industry can do is link AOB (assignment of benefits) to the impact that...

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Beware of Abuse of Your Insurance Policy This Hurricane Season

Florida’s hurricane season is here again, putting Floridians at risk of damage to their homes and property.

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Hurricane Repairs Contractor Accused of Bilking Homeowners in Volusia, Flagler

A contractor who investigators say scammed 19...

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Beware of AOB Abuse This Hurricane Season

The Consumer Protection Coalition is warning Florida homeowners and insured drivers to beware of Assignment...

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Florida House Candidate Says He's Standing Up for Homeowners, But Critics Say He's Raising Insurance Rates

Florida House candidate Andrew Vargas is campaigning to...

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Florida Legislature Will Regret Failing to Tackle AOB Abuse

For the sixth time in six years, the Florida Legislature adjourned its annual session having tried, and failed, to address the assignment-of-benefits (AOB) crisis that is driving up homeowners insurance rates across the state.

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Seminole County Sheriff's Office Investigating Roofing Company

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office is investigating a local roofing company after an elderly woman said the company collected money from her insurance company in 2016, but never even pulled a permit to start the job.

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Abuses...No One Should Have to go Through: Barbara G.'s Story of Assignment of Benefits Abuse

Last Memorial Day weekend, Barbara G. and her husband discovered a water leak under the kitchen sink of their Weeki Wachee home. The couple called...

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Despite Increasing Assignment of Benefits Fraud, Some See Hope for Reform

A surge of assignment of benefits fraud has left Florida residents with higher rates for their insurance, and the Florida Legislature has let another year go by...

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Action 9: Homeowners to Face Another Round of Skyrocketing Insurance Premiums

In Action 9's latest expose highlighting the dangers of signing an AOB, a Flagler Beach resident whose home incurred...

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Consumer Protection Coalition Releases Videos of Victims of AOB Abuse

The Consumer Protection Coalition today released video testimonials of real consumers who have been victimized by Assignment of Benefits (AOB) abuse and who urge...

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Consumer Protection Coalition Hits Airwaves Warning Floridians of Growing AOB Scheme

The Consumer Protection Coalition today hit the airwaves with a radio spot aimed at warning Floridians on the fast-growing Assignment of Benefits (AOB) scheme...

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Attorney, Vendor AOB Lawsuits Top Insurance Litigation in 2017: FJRI Report

Litigation from the abuse of assignment of benefits by third parties represented more than half of all Florida insurance litigation in 2017, and without a legislative fix... ...

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Assignment of Benefits (AOB Insurance Lawsuits Grew in 2017

Lawsuits against insurance companies that involve an Assignment of Benefits (AOB) increased 58 percent between 2015 and 2017 and represented more than half of all...

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Consumer Protection Coalition Opposes Senate Committee's Passage of SB 1168

The Consumer Protection Coalition (CPC) said today Senate Bill 1168 is a shortsighted, special interest bill that would...

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Florida Regulator Report Shows AOB Abuse Worsening Statewide

The epidemic of assignment of benefits (AOB) abuse that has been plaguing Florida for several years is only getting worse, says a new report from...

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60% Spike in Florida Home Insurance Rates Without Benefit-Assignment Reform

With just a month left in Florida's 2018 legislative session, we are no closer than we were at the end of each of the past five sessions when it comes to resolving...

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R Street Policy Study Urgest Compromise to Address Florida's Assignment-of-Benefits Crisis

With just a month left in the Florida Legislature’s 2018 session, it is urgent that lawmakers find a way to move past their current deadlock...

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Florida Agents March on State Capitol in Lawmaker Push to Reform AOB

Insurance agents from across Florida marched together on the state’s capitol Wednesday to deliver a message...

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State Must Reform AOBs

An Ormond Beach condominium stands as a local exhibit to why Florida needs a major property insurance reform. As reported by The Daytona Beach News Journal, residents of Ormond Heritage needed repairs done...

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Insurers Blame Assignment of Benefits for Increased Fraud, Higher Insurance Rates

Insurers from across the state were at the state Capitol on Wednesday advocating against a practice that allows contractors to sue the company without the policyholder's...

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Consumer Protection Coalition Hosts AOB Awareness Week to Highlight Need for Reform

The Consumer Protection Coalition (CPC) culminated AOB Awareness Week today with a march to the Capitol and the release of two new videos highlighting new poll results...

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Consumer Protection Coalition Releases New Polling Data About Need for AOB Reform

The Consumer Protection Coalition today released new polling data commissioned by the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) showing Florida voters support...

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AOB Reform Supporters to Deliver New Poll Results to Lawmakers

The Consumer Protection Coalition will be holding interview opportunities throughout the day tomorrow, Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at the Florida Capitol...

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Protecting Legal Fraud in Florida

Florida’s Legislature is in session, and for the sixth straight year reform-minded Republicans are trying to shut down a trial-bar scheme that’s bleeding property insurers and sending Sunshine State premiums skyrocketing.

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New Florida Chamber Statewide Poll Shows Strong Support for AOB Reform

New statewide polling data commissioned by the Florida Chamber of Commerce shows voters overwhelmingly support Assignment of Benefits (AOB) insurance reform...

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Report Shows Florida AOB Abuse Worsening as Lawmakers Consider Reforms

The 2018 Florida Legislative Session is underway, and lawmakers have wasted no time taking up legislation to address the assignment of benefits crisis plaguing the state.

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Consumer Protection Coalition: Florida House Passage of Assignment of Benefits (AOB) Bill a Win for Consumers

The Consumer Protection Coalition (CPC) today described the House’s passage of an Assignment of Benefits (AOB) bill as an important step in protecting consumers and urged the Senate to step up and follow suit.

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Consumer Protection Coalition: Commends Florida House for Taking Up Assignment of Benefits (AOB) Bill

The Florida House is sending a clear message early in the legislative session that Assignment of Benefits (AOB) abuse is hurting consumers and must be addressed immediately. Now is the time for the Senate to follow the House’s lead and do what is right for Florida’s consumers.

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Approval of Rate Increases for Citizens Insurance Customers Underscores Need for Assignment of Benefits (AOB) Reform

This week’s approval of rate increases for policyholders in Citizens Property Insurance Corp. shows that Assignment of Benefits abuse is having a direct pocketbook impact on Florida families and is another clear indication that the Florida Legislature must resolve the AOB problem in the 2018 session.

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Consumer Protection Coalition Praises House Judiciary Committee for Passing Assignment of Benefits (AOB) Bill

The Consumer Protection Coalition praised the House Judiciary Committee today for passing a bill that would protect consumers from Assignment of Benefits (AOB) abuse related to homeowners’ insurance.

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Florida Homeowners Need Break From Assignment-of-Benefits Lawsuits

Florida consumers are used to paying higher insurance premiums in the wake of devastating hurricanes. But an entirely preventable, human-driven phenomenon is now driving rates even higher:

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Nine in 10 Insurers Seek Rate Increases in Florida, Summit Hears

As insurers process claims from Hurricane Irma, they say it’s more urgent than ever to change state laws to curb what they call abuses by some attorneys and contractors handling claims.

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Action 9: Home Repair Contracts Spin Out of Control

Action 9 exposed how a small water leak can trigger a monster repair bill if consumers sign the wrong contract.

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Committee Meetings Emphasize Need for Assignment of Benefits (AOB) Reform This Legislative Session

Legislative meetings about Assignment of Benefits underscored the need for comprehensive reform to end...

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What Could Raise Hurricane Irma's Costs? Letting Contractors Handle Claims

Within hours of a fire at Kelly Laub’s four-bedroom house in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., in June, four contracting companies showed up to offer rebuilding services.

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Florida Insurers Caution Homeowners Against Signing Assignment of Benefits

Florida insurance companies are warning property owners who sustained damage from Hurricane Irma to avoid fraud by not signing away their insurance rights to third parties.

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Consumer Protection Coalition Urges Homeowners, Insured Drivers to Prepare for Hurricane Irma, Watch for AOB Scams

The Consumer Protection Coalition urges Florida homeowners and insured drivers to take precautions in advance of Hurricane Irma and beware of Assignment of Benefit (AOB) scams after the storm.

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Citizens Property Insurance Corp.'s Proposed 2018 Rates Underscore Need for Assignment of Benefits (AOB) Reform

Citizens Property Insurance Corp.’s proposed 2018 rates...

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Insurance Regulators Fret Over a Spike in Auto Glass Claims

(Tampa Bay Times) – Three months ago, state regulators weren't tracking a surge in broken auto glass claims, particularly in Tampa Bay.

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Insurers Say Auto Glass Companies Leading New Wave of Claims Abuses

(Sun-Sentinel) – A new front has opened in the ongoing battle between repair contractors and the insurance industry, and this time ground zero isn’t South Florida.

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Why Florida Insurers Could Double Homeowners'Rates

(CBS News) – Florida has seen its share of calamities, but an "epidemic of insurance claims" could shove the Sunshine State down a financial sinkhole even before the next hurricane hits.

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AOB Fraud: An Unchecked, Growing Problem in Florida

(WTSP Tampa) – It’s a problem that affects almost anyone who owns or rents a home in Florida. Assignment of Benefits (AOB) fraud is costing thousands of people money even though they may not even know what it is or how they end up paying the costs.

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Florida Insurers Place All Options on Table to Address AOB Abuse

(Insurance Journal) – Florida’s home insurers hope the public doesn’t blame them as they implement rate increases, initiate coverage changes and nonrenew policies.

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Contract Scam Hits South Florida

(Miami Herald) – Across the state, some unsavory contractors and attorneys are encouraging Florida homeowners to sign up for an Assignment of Benefits (AOB) scam that inflates repair and legal costs and pushes litigation through the courts.

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Florida Families Need Rick Scott to Champion Assignment of Benefits Reform

(Sunshine State News) – We got the headline on Tuesday's Citizens' rate increase story wrong. It wasn't the abuses that forced a 5.3 percent average increase in Citizens' insurance policies in...

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Citizens to Ask Florida for Insurance-Rate Hikes, Blaming Water Claims

(Orlando Sentinel) – Continuing to point at “out of control” water damage claims, the Citizens Property Insurance Board of Governors on Tuesday unanimously backed proposed rate increases that would hit South Florida...

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That Drip, Drip, Drip You Hear is the Cost of Your Homeowners Insurance Rising

(Miami Herald) – South Florida homeowners insured by Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will likely see annual premiums rise by more than 10 percent next year if the rate increase requested on Tuesday is approved.

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Abuses Force Citizens to Increase Rates in 3 South Florida Counties

(Sunshine State News) – Citizens’ Board of Governors approved recommended rates and policy changes for 2018 on Tuesday -- all of them "reflecting rising nonweather water losses, assignment of benefits abuse and out-of-control litigation that, left unchecked, will force rate hikes for years to come."

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Atwater: Florida Must Tackle Insurance 'Assignment of Benefits' Problems

(Orlando Sentinel) – Readying to leave the state Cabinet at the end of the month, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said Wednesday that lawmakers need to address an insurance practice that critics argue is driving up homeowners’ rates.

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Action 9 Exposes Contractor Taking Thousands from Many Homeowners

(WFTV ABC) – Action 9 has learned that a state licensed contractor cashed customers' insurance checks but never installed their new roofs.

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Editorial: Lawmakers Ignore Insurance Mess

(Tampa Bay Times) – Florida's badly broken system for filing and settling insurance claims, which is wreaking havoc in the property insurance market, is creeping into auto policies with Tampa Bay at ground zero.

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Tampa Bay is Ground Zero for Assignment of Benefits Cases Over Broken Auto Glass

(Tampa Bay Times) – When Rachel Thorpe tried to renew her auto insurance last year for her Toyta RAV4...

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Florida's Insurance Test

(Wall Street Journal) – Will Republicans block an attempt to limit a legal scam? Does Florida’s legislature exist to enrich plaintiffs attorneys or to serve the Sunshine State’s voters?

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Florida House Approves Assignment of Benefits Reform Legislation

(Florida Politics) – Assignment of benefits reforms ardently sought by the insurance industry and business passed the Florida House Wednesday on a vote of 91-26.

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Fla. House Ready to Pass Home Insurance Bill, Senate Another Story

(Palm Beach Post) – The Florida House is ready to pass as early as today a bill insurers want to crack down on attorney’s fees they say are ...

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A Florida Law Grants License to STEAL

(Fort Myers Florida Weekly) – THE COST OF HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE in Florida, already about twice the national average, will continue to rise thanks to...

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Insurance Claims Bill Advances in House, But Senate Not Cooperating

(ABC Action News, WFTS Tampa Bay) – t looks like South Florida homeowners should brace themselves for another year of property insurance rate hikes.

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Assignment of Benefits Abuse Driving Up Cost of Home, Car Insurance in Florida

(ABC Action News, WFTS Tampa Bay) – Small business owner Mike Hinsch's trouble started after a mobile glass business replaced the windshields in three work trucks. Hinch’s auto policy exploded from $16,000 a year to $22,000 over the windshield claim.

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Consumer Protection Coalition Applauds Commerce Committee's Passage of House Assignment of Benefits (AOB) Bill

(Consumer Protection Coalition) – The Consumer Protection Coalition today applauded the House Commerce Committee for moving forward House Bill 1421, which takes positive steps toward stopping Assignment of Benefits abuse.

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Our View: Florida Must Restrain Insurance Abuse

(The Daytona Beach News-Journal) – Until Hurricane Matthew raked the Atlantic coast last October, Florida had been spared major storm damage since the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons devastated homes and businesses —

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Wells: AOB a Growing Problem for Florida Families

(Tallahassee Democrat) – Florida homeowners need to start taking action regarding an escalating problem that will lead to increases in their insurance premiums in the near future. Abuses of the Assignments of Benefits (AOB)...

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Consumer Protection Coalition Launches Ad on Assignment of Benefits Claims

(Florida Politics) – The Consumer Protection Coalition launched a radio and television ad campaign Monday to warn homeowners of how Assignment of Benefits abuse could cause insurance rates to skyrocket in Florida.

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Commentary: Bill Helps Weed Out Dishonest Contractors Who Misuse Assignment of Benefits Contracts

(Orlando Sentinel) – In my 25 years in the roofing business, I have come across all kinds of contractors. The good ones follow the rules and comply with the ever-changing state and federal regulations that govern our industry.

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Homeowner's Face Insurance Hikes Because of 'Benefits'

(Fort Myers News-Press) – Florida homeowners need to start taking action regarding an escalating problem that will lead to increases in their insurance premiums in the near future.

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Florida's Trial Bar Hurricane

(The Wall Street Journal) – Governor Rick Scott has done heroic work to shore up the finances of Florida’s catastrophic insurer before the next big hurricane makes landfall. But storm or no storm, taxpayers will still get whacked with Category 5 bills if Tallahassee doesn’t shut down the state’s latest plaintiffs attorney get-rich-quick scheme.

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William Large: Florida Must End Assignment of Benefits Abuse, Self-Serving Windfalls

(Florida Politics) – A state law that was originally intended to give individual policyholders special rights in disputes with their insurance companies is instead being used by some...

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Bill to Address Insurance Claims Abuses Advances

(Sun Sentinel) – A bill aimed at slowing insurance rate increases by curbing claims abuses advanced out of a key state House committee on Tuesday, despite complaints from both sides about key provisions.

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Action 9 Confronts Roofing Company Accused of Taking Insurance Money for Jobs Not Done

(WFTV-9) – Action 9 investigated a roofing contractor who customers claim collected their insurance checks, but never installed new roofs. It's a company Todd Ulrich first exposed for telling customers that they had hail damage that didn't exist.

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Policyholders Pay for Assignment of Benefit Abuse

(Sun-Sentinel) – South Florida homeowners will pay higher premiums for years to come unless state lawmakers take steps to stop the tide of rising water loss claims, assignment of benefit abuse and increased litigation.

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Attorneys Fees Protected in Rival Insurance Claims Reform Bill

(Sun-Sentinel) – Now it’s the attorneys’ turn to pitch their version of insurance claims reform. Freshman state Sen. Gary Farmer, a Fort Lauderdale-based attorney and former president of the trial attorneys’ trade organization Florida Justice Association, is offering an alternative to a bill supported by the insurance industry that would bar trial attorneys from collecting fees in thousands of lawsuits against insurers.

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First Florida Bill Addressing AOB Introduced for 2017 Session

(Insurance Journal) – Florida now has legislation backed by the top Florida insurance regulator and the industry that promises to curtail homeowners insurance abuse under the assignment of benefits (AOB) feature.

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Editorial: Water Claims Spell Trouble for Florida Property Insurance Market

(Tampa Bay Times) – A steady drip usually signals bigger trouble, and this is no exception. Insurance claims and lawsuits for water damage are climbing, and the mess is spreading from South Florida to Tampa Bay.

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Thousands of Florida Mortgages Could be at Risk Because of Insurance Abuse

(Miami Herald) – An Ohio insurance-rating company has warned that recent court rulings and skyrocketing losses from water-damage claims have created an “uncertain operating environment” for Florida’s property insurers... .

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Florida's AOB Abuse by the Numbers: 'Alarming Trend' Reaches Crisis Point

(Insurance Journal) – Assignment of benefits abuse has escalated over the last five years to the point where it is now a serious disruption to Florida’s insurance market.

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South Florida's Leaky Pipe Problem Poses Risk to Homeowners Insurance

(Miami Herald) – Florida’s homeowners’ insurance landscape has been treated gently by Mother Nature in the last decade, but the industry sees demons approaching that are increasing the cost and reducing access to affordable property insurance, especially in South Florida.

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Insurance Losses Demand Action From State Lawmakers: Where We Stand

ORLANDO, Fla. (Orlando Sentinel) – Hurrricane season is still more than three months away, but a different kind of tempest is threatening Florida property insurers, their policyholders and the state’s economy.

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Action 9 Investigates Hidden Insurance Rate Hikes

ORLANDO, Fla. (WFTV-9) – Action 9 exposes what's driving up homeowner's insurance rates and it's not hurricanes. Instead it's routine plumbing leaks when water damage contractors take over insurance claims and drastically drive up repair costs.

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NBRC roofing scammer exposed by 8 On Your Side ordered to pay $631K

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – One of the key defendants in a massive roofing scam uncovered by an 8 On Your Side investigation pleaded guilty in a Pinellas courtroom to organized fraud Friday morning.

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Editorial

Editorial: Florida water scam is soaking consumers, must be plugged

State-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. is looking for a 9 percent increase from Palm Beach County homeowners – and an average 6.8 percent statewide – even though there hasn’t been a hurricane in more than 10 years.

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