A Florida circuit judge halts 14.5% workers’ compensation rate increase set for December 1, because of violations of Florida’s Sunshine Laws. On November 23, Leon Country Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers ruled that the rate increase negotiated between NCCI and the state regulators within the Office of Insurance (OIR) cannot take effect, NCCI must hand over documents requested by the plaintiff in the case.
NCCI has stated they have complied with applicable open meeting and other Sunshine Laws on transparency. NCCI says they will appeal the ruling. “NCCI is very disappointed in the decision of the Leon County Circuit Court. We continue to believe that NCCI and the Florida OIR have fully complied with the law. NCCI plans to appeal the trial court’s decision”, Marketing Communications Director, Dean W. Dimke said in a written statement.