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Miami Homeowner Rejects Settlement, Must Now Pay Insurer’s Attorney Fees

November 16, 2021

Florida insurance carriers and agents have complained for years about what they say are exorbitant plaintiffs’ attorney fees in claims dispute litigation, fees that can be four or five times the settlement or judgment amount.

An appeals court decision flips the math on that and could potentially end up costing the policyholder more in lawyer fees than the jury awarded for the water damage. The case also involves the Strems Law Firm, whose former principal, Scot Strems, has been accused of filing thousands of unnecessary lawsuits against insurers and has been suspended from law practice due to Florida Bar rules violations.

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