Assignment of Benefits Reform Passes Florida Legislature, Heads To Governor

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April 25, 2019

The Florida Senate passed a bill yesterday to reform the state’s unique assignment of benefits system.

The bill passed on a 25-14 vote and now heads to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who said he will sign it. The bill eliminates provisions that often force insurers to pay the plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees, which some have said encouraged unnecessary and abusive litigation. Assignment of benefits-related lawsuits has increased from 1,300 in 2000 to 135,000 in 2018. Insurers in the state said this litigation has contributed to rising insurance costs in the state.