Court orders new trial in Florida hurricane case
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A federal appellate court has reversed a $7.2 million judgment and ordered a new trial in a Florida hurricane insurance case.
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeal issued the ruling Thursday in Atlanta based on a May opinion by the Florida Supreme Court.
The case stemmed from Hurricane Wilma in 2005. A federal jury ruled for Chalfonte Condominium Apartment Association of Boca Raton in a lawsuit against its insurer, Australia-based QBE Insurance Corp.
The Florida high court ruled state law does not recognize a breach of implied warranty against insurance companies based on failure to investigate a claim within a reasonable time.
The state justices also ruled customers cannot sue for violating a law that requires insurance policies to include warnings of large deductibles in oversize, boldface type.