State flags insurer’s proposed assignment of benefits restrictions (Sun Sentinel)

One of South Florida’s largest property insurance companies has been rebuffed by state insurance regulators for seeking Assignment of Benefits restrictions that were disapproved two years ago. Clearwater-based Heritage Property & Casualty, which is seeking a 14.9 percent rate increase this year, in April sought to require a mortgage lender’s approval before a policyholder can…

Report: Florida insurers’ ability to respond to next catastrophe ‘uncertain’ (Sun Sentinel)

The ability of Florida’s young homeowner insurance companies to manage a large catastrophic hurricane is “uncertain” despite recent strong financial performance, a new Fitch Ratings analysis asserts. The report released last week, “Florida Homeowners Insurance Market Update: No Time for Complacency Following Hurricane-Free Decade,” says the short history and lack of experience with catastrophes would…

State to appeal court ruling allowing State Farm to keep policy tallies private (Sun Sentinel)

Florida’s new insurance commissioner has decided to appeal a circuit court ruling allowing State Farm Insurance Co. to opt out of submitting policy-count totals to a publicly available database. Commissioner David Altmaier, appointed just two weeks ago to succeed Kevin McCarty as the state’s top insurance regulator, made the decision “following a thorough review” of…