Florida Politics: Contractors group sues to stop new property insurance law

June 1, 2022

Five days after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed SB 2D, the measure aimed at stabilizing Florida’s troubled property insurance market, a lawsuit was filed against it in Leon County Circuit Court.

The Restoration Association of Florida, a trade group for contractors, filed the suit against the state on Tuesday. The organization is asking the court to strike the new law down because it treats contractors differently to other citizens and denies them access to the courts.

A provision of the law eliminates attorneys’ fees for cases involving assignment of benefits, or AOB, when a homeowner signs the benefit of an insurance policy over to a contractor who then pursues the claim with the insurer. The fees remain intact for homeowners’ attorneys.

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