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On April 30, 2021, the Florida legislature passed Senate Bill 54 (“SB-54”), which proposed sweeping changes to Florida’s auto insurance system, including repealing Florida’s no-fault personal injury protection (“PIP”) system and banning punitive damages on plaintiffs’ bad faith claims.
Big changes affecting summary judgment motions are now active in Florida state courts.
The Florida Legislature passed comprehensive property insurance reform before the end of the 2021 Legislative Session, which concluded on Friday, April 30. Senate Bill 76 (“SB 76”) represents the latest attempt to curb litigation trends over first-party property claims and curtail the rise of property insurance premiums by limiting the circumstances in which attorney’s fees are awarded to prevailing insureds and imposing pre-suit requirements on plaintiffs.
Florida high court forecloses recovery for extra-contractual damages in first-party breach of contract actions
The Florida Supreme Court recently issued its opinion in Citizens Property Ins. Corp. v. Manor House, LLC, --- So. 3d ----, 2021 WL 208455 (Fla. Jan. 21, 2021), in which it reiterated the long-standing principle that extra-contractual consequential damages are not recoverable in first-party breach of contract actions.