It’s 2019 and efforts to tackle Florida’s assignment of benefits (AOB) issue continue. In a recent move, a new Senate Bill 122 has been proposed with the goal of overhauling the one-way attorney fee provision in the state’s current AOB law. With this bill, attorney fees would only be awarded to the policyholders that win the litigated claims versus “vendors” that are assigned benefits in an AOB agreement.
Presently, Florida permits landowners to hand over insurance benefits to contractors for purposes of pursuing payment from insurers for work that is performed up front. Critics believe the “one-way” attorney fee provision serves as something of an incentive to file a lawsuit against insurers.
Efforts to address AOB go as far back as 2013 but nothing has yet to result from any AOB reform bills. Last year, an AOB bill successfully made its way through the House but ultimately “died” when it reached the Senate Insurance and Banking Committee.
To read more about the bill, please visit https://www.watchdog.org/florida/proposed-lawsuit-reform-bill-gets-abbreviated-first-review/article_7d50ef30-1f1c-11e9-a5b5-c3d54b3b2194.html.
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