Working & The Economy

Federal court ruling: FireTV vs. FyreTV and a FL porn streaming company’s infringement claim

BY: - June 28, 2022

A Miami-based pornography streaming service called FyreTV can pursue its trademark-infringement case against Amazon.com, Inc. over the internet giant’s FireTV brand, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit cited the likelihood that the Amazon trademark, launched in 2012, well after Wreal LLC launched its FyreTV brand […]

Citizens Property Insurance gets OK to raise homeowner rates 6.4 percent, less than requested

BY: - June 28, 2022

Property owners insured by Citizens Property Insurance Corp., Florida’s insurer of last resort, face rate increases of up to 11 percent starting Sept. 1, according to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR). Citizens, a state-run corporation, insures more than 800,000 Floridians and is growing rapidly as private insurance companies retreat from the Florida marketplace. […]

FL homeowners face still-rising property insurance premiums; regulators review hefty rate hikes

BY: - June 27, 2022

More increases in property-insurance premiums are in the pipeline for Florida homeowners, whose property-insurance costs already are far above the national average. The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation is evaluating requests from three private property insurance companies to raise their rates: Florida Farm Bureau wants an increase of nearly 49 percent; First Floridian Auto and […]

FL governor vetoes alimony overhaul, marking its third failure in a decade of reform efforts

BY: - June 24, 2022

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday vetoed an alimony overhaul bill that was sponsored by the state chairman of his political party and opposed by the National Organization for Women, the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, and other critics. It was the third strike in a decade for groups of ex-spouses seeking to […]

FL Planned Parenthood braces for surge in out-of-state patients following Roe v. Wade ruling

BY: - June 24, 2022

Abortion providers in Florida that have seen an influx of out-of-state patients for months are bracing for even more, mostly from Georgia but also from neighboring Southern states. “Planned Parenthood centers are busy already. We’ll be even busier, from neighboring states,” said Laura Goodhue, executive director of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates. “We’ve […]

Biden pitches a summer gas tax holiday as price hovers around $5 a gallon

BY: - June 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on Congress and state legislatures to provide a temporary reprieve from gas taxes — but members of his own party and Republicans appeared opposed, making it look unlikely on the federal level. In addition, many state legislatures are out of session for the year and aren’t expected […]

Alimony: Allies and foes wage fevered campaigns to have DeSantis sign or veto overhaul

BY: - June 20, 2022

The years-long battle over whether to overhaul permanent alimony and child-custody laws in Florida reached fever pitch last week when the Florida Senate transmitted Senate Bill 1796 to Gov. Ron DeSantis to approve or veto. SB 1796 would allow more ex-spouses to terminate permanent alimony payments and would create a 50/50 presumption regarding time-sharing of […]

FL’s insurer of last resort faces hurricane season with shortfall of reinsurance coverage

BY: - June 14, 2022

Like some private insurers, Florida’s state-run property insurance corporation has been unable to acquire all the reinsurance coverage it needs to cover risks posed by hurricanes and other threats in the coming year. Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the state’s insurer of last resort, has acquired about one-third of the back-up coverage it has been seeking, […]

U.S. House Ag panel mulls safety net changes in farm bill amid soaring costs

BY: - June 11, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee are considering how to help farmers struggling with rising costs for fertilizer, fuel, seeds, and chemicals — the unfortunate harvest of the war in Ukraine, strains on the global supply system, inflation, and severe weather. A panel of the committee heard from agricultural economists Thursday, as […]

Everglades: Gov vetoes pet project of FL Senate President, who is an Ag Commissioner candidate

BY: - June 8, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday he has vetoed Senate Bill 2508, an Everglades-related pet project of outgoing Senate President Wilton Simpson that was hotly opposed by environmental groups and South Florida fishermen. Introduced late in the Florida Legislature’s regular session last winter, SB 2508 had only one hearing before reaching a final vote in the […]

Storm-proofing: Sales-tax break starts July 1, but what about the $10,000 grants?

BY: - June 7, 2022

Update: Late Tuesday, a webpage of FAQs about yet-to-be-implemented “My Safe Florida Home” grants was rolled out by the Florida Department of Financial Services. It is at https://myfloridacfo.com/mysafeflhome.  Florida residents wanting to fortify their homes against storm damage this hurricane season are entitled to sales-tax exemptions starting July 1 on purchases of impact-resistant windows, doors […]

Advocates for $15-an-hour federal minimum wage press Biden for a meeting

BY: - June 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Poor People’s Campaign is urging President Joe Biden to meet with low-income workers before the organization’s march on Washington, D.C., on June 18 to advocate for a $15 federal minimum wage. “What we cannot do is be silent anymore,” Rev. William Barber II, the co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, said during a […]