A Message to the Senate and House Banking and Insurance Committees about Citizens

Hello, my name is Ted Corless I'm a property insurance lawyer, but today I'm coming to you for help

I represent 240 families that reside at the Cloverplace condominiums in Palm Harbor, Florida Since 2010, Citizens Property Insurance has delayed the resolution of that claim, and denied benefits to those families, despite the fact that they are in possession of reports from their own engineers that demonstrate that some of those homes are being damaged by sinkholes But Citizens doesn't want to pay that claim, and in 2015, filed a lawsuit against the homeowners at Cloverplace, and that's why I'm reaching out to you I'm here to exercise my First Amendment rights, and I need you to do the same You see, Citizens is not like a regular insurance company

They're actually an entity of the state of Florida, which means, when they act intentionally to withdraw claims or to delay benefits to people, they can't be sued for something called "bad faith", but where they can be influenced is by public opinion Now what is it I need from you? You see, we've reached out to several of the legislators up in Tallahassee, and they're working diligently to get Citizens to pay its claims Not just in the Cloverplace matter, but in other cases like it But we need your help to add pressure to that In a few moments, I'm going to be putting two phone numbers up for you to call; it'll only take a moment, and this is what I need you to do

I need you to call the Chairman of the Insurance and Banking Committee in the House of Representatives in Florida, and I'm going to give you the phone number I'm also going to give you the phone number for the Chair of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee, and the reason is I need you to call them And I need you to call them and tell them that, as a homeowner at Cloverplace, you're asking that they act Or, if you're not a homeowner at Cloverplace, you're a citizen of the state of Florida, whose money is spent by Citizens on these kinds of tactics And I need you to call them for this purpose

We've attempted to resolve this matter with Citizens, and they simply will not pay on a claim they have owed for seven years They will not pay the claim, even though their own internal guidelines require them to do so We have correspondence from President Barry Gilway to representatives misstating both the law and their actions in this case We're tired of that, and it's time this matter was brought in to the sunshine We're asking the Chairs of the respective committees that regulate Citizens conduct public hearings on Citizens' misconduct

Specifically, that they conduct public hearings to investigate the manner in which Citizens has mismanaged the Cloverplace claims for seven years Again, I'm going to put these phone numbers up right here, and I need you to reach out and call them I want you to be polite, but I want you to specifically ask that the Chairs call hearings so that Citizens can present the status of this matter, and we can provide information to the committee regarding their misconduct Our goal is simple: to take care of the 240 families at Cloverplace who are being injured by Citizens' conduct, and if we can't sue them in the court of law for bad faith, we can certainly invite them into the sunshine and let public opinion take over My name is Ted Corless, and I appreciate your help

Be well

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