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Insurance Law Report: June 2018
  • Phelps Dunbar LLP
  • USA
  • June 7 2018

The South Carolina Supreme Court held that an insurer may maintain a malpractice claim against a law firm it hired to defend an insured. Sentry Select


Florida Supreme Court Holds Pre-Suit Construction Defect Notice Can Qualify As a “Suit” Under CGL Policy
  • Phelps Dunbar LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2018

The Florida Supreme Court recently held that the pre-suit process for construction defect claims under Florida Statutes Chapter 558 constitutes a


Florida Court Strikes Down Miami Beach Minimum Wage Increase
  • Phelps Dunbar LLP
  • USA
  • December 20 2017

Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal has affirmed a trial court’s decision blocking a minimum wage increase proposed by the city of Miami Beach


Flash Report: Florida Supreme Court Rules on Chapter 558 "Suit" Issue - A Key Decision Regarding Construction Defect Claims
  • Phelps Dunbar LLP
  • USA
  • December 19 2017

On December 14, 2017, The Florida Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in the case of Altman Contractors, Inc. v. Crum and Forster Specialty


Florida Supreme Court Reaffirms That Contingency Fee Multiplier May Be Applied To An Award Of Statutory Attorneys’ Fees
  • Phelps Dunbar LLP
  • USA
  • November 29 2017

The Florida Supreme Court recently held that a contingency fee multiplier can be applied unconditionally to an award of statutory attorneys' fees


eLABORate: Florida Increases Minimum Wage
  • Phelps Dunbar LLP
  • USA
  • October 23 2017

Effective January 1, 2018, the minimum wage in the State of Florida will increase to $8.25 per hour, a 15 cent increase from the 2017 rate. Florida


Florida Supreme Court Finds Insurer Liable For Plaintiff’s Attorneys’ Fees And Costs Based On Ambiguity In Policy’s “Additional Payments” Provision
  • Phelps Dunbar LLP
  • USA
  • September 28 2017

The Florida Supreme Court recently held that an insurer is liable for a plaintiff's attorneys' fees and costs awarded pursuant to Florida's offer of


Kentucky Supreme Court Affirms Bad Faith And Punitive Damages Award Against Insurer Which Defended And Settled Claim Against Its Insureds
  • Phelps Dunbar LLP
  • USA
  • September 28 2017

The Supreme Court of Kentucky held that an insurer’s defense and settlement of a claim against its insured does not preclude the insured’s bad faith


Florida Supreme Court Endorses Employer's Right to Protect Industry-Specific Business Interests with Restrictive Covenants
  • Phelps Dunbar LLP
  • USA
  • September 21 2017

Florida permits employers to enforce non-compete and non-solictation agreements (restrictive covenants) as exceptions to a general prohibition on


Florida Provides Welcome New Guidance to Employers on Medical Marijuana
  • Phelps Dunbar LLP
  • USA
  • June 28 2017

Florida has joined the rapidly-increasing number of states to legalize medical marijuana for the treatment of a broad class of “debilitating medical