TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) today issued the following statement, attributed to its assistant vice president of state government relations Logan McFaddin, in reaction to Governor Ron DeSantis’s State of the State address.
“APCIA applauds Governor Ron DeSantis for encouraging reforms to improve Florida’s legal climate. APCIA agrees with the Governor that ‘the legal system is supposed to be used for redressing concrete injuries and disputes; it is not a game and shouldn’t be used as such.’”
“Florida’s legal climate is one of the worst in the country, and rampant abuse and manipulation of Florida’s bad faith law by some plaintiffs’ attorneys is driving up costs for consumers and hurting local businesses.
“While well-intentioned, Florida’s bad faith law is poorly defined, and plaintiffs’ attorneys abuse the lack of clarity in the law to pursue frivolous claims and lawsuits seeking big dollars against insurers doing business in Florida.
“Lawmakers need to reform Florida’s bad faith law to bring clarity to the law and put a stop to this type of legal abuse while protecting policyholders’ rights to seek legal action against an insurer that has actually acted in bad faith.
“APCIA supports Senate Bill 924 filed by Senator Jeff Brandes, which contains meaningful reforms to Florida’s bad faith law and ensures policyholders rights are protected.
“APCIA looks forward to working with Governor DeSantis and the legislature throughout session on bad faith reform and other important issues to improve Florida’s legal environment.”