Donald Trump stings Ron DeSantis over Florida tort reform
Former President Donald J. Trump has slammed Florida’s tort reform, signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) last week, as “a sellout” that benefits big insurance companies and hurts Floridians .
In a video posted hours before the news of Trump’s indictment on Thursday, he focused on DeSantis regarding Florida House Bill 837:
“RINO Ron DeSanctimonious delivers the biggest bailout by an insurance company in globalist history. It’s a gift for the insurance companies and a DISASTER for the people of Florida!” – President Trump pic.twitter.com/i1Kbdle2ah
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) March 30, 2023
Passed on March 24, it implements a number of reforms to Florida’s civil legal system that DeSantis said were much needed.
According to the Florida House, the legislation:
Creates a rebuttable presumption that lodestar’s costs are sufficient and attorneys’ fees reasonable in most civil actions; reduced the limitation period for negligence actions; provides standards for actions of bad faith; provides for the distribution of product when two or more third-party claims arising from a single event exceed the limits of the policy; limits the applicability of attorneys’ fees provisions in certain actions against insurers; provides evidentiary standards for proving medical expense damages in certain civil actions; requires certain disclosures regarding claims for reimbursement of medical expenses for treatments rendered under letters of protection; requires the trier of fact to examine the fault of certain persons who contribute to an injury; provides that the owner or principal operator of a multi-family residential property who substantially implements specified security measures on that property has a presumption of liability in connection with certain criminal acts that occur on the premises; revises the provisions relating to immunity from liability for damage caused to trespassers on immovable property; clarifies the applicability of the provisions relating to the offer of judgment and the demand for judgment.
“Florida has been considered a legal hell for far too long, and we desperately need legal reform that brings us closer to the rest of the country,” DeSantis said in a press release regarding the bill. “I am proud to sign this legislation to protect Floridians, safeguard our economy and attract more investment to our state.”
DeSantis’ office noted that the bill is intended to “decrease frivolous prosecutions and prevent predatory practices by prosecutors who prey on hard-working Floridians.” ”
Trump opines that the bill, which DeSantis proposed before the legislative session, “was a total sell-out” that benefits big insurance companies and hurts Floridians.
“In addition to wanting to cut Social Security and raise the minimum age to at least 70 and Medicare – he absolutely wanted to destroy it – RINO Ron DeSanctimonoius is offering the largest bailout by an insurance company in globalist history,” Trump said, adding:
It is a gift for the insurance companies and a catastrophe for the people of Florida. It also crushed Florida homeowners whose homes were destroyed by the hurricane. They were absolutely decimated. They earn pennies on the dollar. Her insurance commissioner does absolutely nothing while Florida’s life is ruined. The hurricane was a disaster. The hurricane was actually very mishandled and insurance companies are recovering. Florida residents are not. It was a total sellout to the insurance companies. The worst insurance scam in the whole country with the highest rates in the whole country. It’s Florida. So you have to tell it like it is, and I’m just saying it like it is. Should not be allowed to happen.
Trump is not alone in criticizing the reforms. Florida Justice Association President Curry Pajcic said it “weakens the liability of insurance companies and multi-billion dollar corporations by creating barriers to the ability of average Floridians to access the courts,” said reported Courthouse News Service.
Tensions between the two Republicans have escalated lately as the 2024 presidential race heats up.
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