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Former insurance consumer advocate Sean Shaw explains what to do before, after Irma

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Tampa state Representative Sean Shaw knows a thing or two about insurance in Florida, having served as the state’s Insurance Consumer Advocate for nearly two years between 2008 and 2010. With Hurricane Irma barreling toward the Sunshine State in less than 48 hours, FloridaPolitics.com talked to him about what homeowners need to do in advance of the storm, and what they need to do after Irma leaves, with potentially a lot of damage left in its wake.

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Supreme Court limits information insurers may demand under PIP policies

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The Florida Supreme Court has taken a narrow view of the amount of evidence hospitals and other health care providers are obliged to turn over to insurance companies concerning the reasonableness of personal injury protection claims. In a unanimous ruling, the court sided with the 1st District Court of Appeal over the 4th District Court of Appeal, which had issued conflicting interpretations of Florida’s PIP statute. “We conclude that discovery is limited to the production of a written report of…

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney rakes in $1.14 million in Q2 lobbying fees

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney collected one of the largest hauls of last quarter, according to recently submitted compensation reports: The white shoe firm’s Tallahassee lobbying practice earned an estimated $1.14 million between April 1 and June 30 of 2015. The largest contributor to the firm’s bottom line in Q2? U.S. Sugar Corp. by a mile. It doubled up the next highest-paying client, paying $76,000 for legislative lobbying services and between $30,000-$39,999 for executive branch work, for a total of some $111,000.…

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Bill Heller draws GOP challenger in H-52

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Bill Heller couldn’t ask for a better scenario: an unknown Republican, unassociated with the Tea Party, challenging him late in the election year…just what he needs to raise a boatload of money. Here’s the presser from Connie Deneault: Retired businessman and community leader Connie Deneault today announced his candidacy for State Representative in District 52, the southern Pinellas seat currently held by Representative Bill Heller. “We need leaders in Tallahassee that can work together with their fellow legislators to get…

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