Protecting Consumers from Fraud and Abuse
ENDING LAWSUIT ABUSE THAT HURTS FLORIDA FAMILIES
Despite legislative reform efforts in recent years, Florida is still on the nation’s “Judicial Hellhole” watchlist and each year, Florida households are paying an extra $5,065 annually due to litigation, according to one recent national study. Another recent study finds the cost of frivolous litigation in Florida is $3,250 per family. Florida state legislators have the opportunity during the 2023 legislative session to balance the scales of justice in our civil courts by ending the litigation games driving whopping trial lawyer paydays that make our state less affordable for all consumers and businesses by passing HB 837 and SB 236.
FIXING FLORIDA’S PROPERTY INSURANCE CRISIS
Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature took historic steps in late 2022 to stabilize the state’s collapsing property insurance market, protect consumers and eliminate perverse incentives to sue that have driven Florida’s homeowners’ insurance litigation frenzy. Consumers are hopeful these reforms will start to ease the state’s property insurance crisis in 2023 but must stay vigilant for new lawsuit scams and loopholes that drive up the cost of our insurance coverage.
PUTTING CONSUMERS FIRST IN ANY PIP REFORM EFFORT
Florida’s no-fault/PIP auto insurance system has for years been rife with fraud and abuse that has spawned a cottage industry of questionable pain clinics and drives up the cost of coverage for the state’s motorists. Florida legislators must assure that any efforts to replace PIP produce real savings for consumers.
Florida’s consumers are forced to pay thousands of dollars more each year for everything from toothpaste to insurance coverage due to lawsuit abuse schemes that drive up costs for everyone. Protecting consumers from unnecessary high costs and “lawsuit abuse taxes” due to the state’s treacherous litigation environment – and advocating for sound public policy that puts consumers first – is the mission of the Consumer Protection Coalition.
ENDING AOB AUTO GLASS ABUSE
Each year, thousands of Florida auto insurance policyholders are ensnared in lawsuits with their insurance companies – without their knowledge and against their wishes – due to rampant abuse related to Assignment of Benefits and windshield repairs. AOB auto glass abuse is still a big problem and Florida’s policymakers must address this unfinished business as part of comprehensive AOB reform.