In another sign that the State of Florida is gearing up for major battles concerning the assignment of benefits (AOB) in auto glass cases, a former state insurance regulator has joined a firm involved in lobbying the legislature regarding benefit assignments.
Beth Vecchioli who has spent more than a decade as a former senior regulator for the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has returned to the law firm of Holland & Knight in Tallahasee as a senior policy advisor. She most recently was with the firm of Carlton Fields PA.
Vecchioli told Law360 that she will be representing auto insurers before the Florida Legislature regarding “fraud in benefit assignments regarding windshield glass replacements in cars” beginning in March.
“It is basically driving up our car insurance rates because there’s so much fraud in the system,” she told the legal publication, “and that’s one reason why we have high auto insurance rates in the state.”
Florida has an assignment of benefit law in place, but it does not currently cover automotive claims such as auto glass. An attempt to expand the law in August 2019 failed, though such an effort is expected to be reintroduced at the start of the next legislative session.