DeSantis, insurers win tort-reform vote in FL Senate but injured parties lose clout

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Insurance companies will have an easier time deflecting lawsuits by policyholders claiming denial or low-balling of benefits under legislation that cleared the Florida Senate Thursday. Ordinary Floridians, meanwhile, will face higher risks, less safety, and fewer options to hold wrongdoers accountable, critics warned.

Because the state House had already OK’d the bill, it heads to Gov. Ron DeSantis for his expected signature.

The bill (HB 837) is a priority both for House Speaker Paul Renner and DeSantis, who argue that Florida has become a “judicial hellhole” encouraging frivolous litigation, driving up business costs

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