In an email circulated to personal injury lawyers across the nation (but also equally applicable to all lawyers that represent plaintiffs against insurance companies), a prominent law firm has declared its commitment to standing firm against insurance carriers, setting a new standard for legal practices in the industry. The email emphasizes that the firm (i.e., Morgan & Morgan) will no longer grant any form of extension to carriers, regardless of the circumstances. This stance aims to protect the interests of both the firm's clients and attorneys in the face of a ruthless insurance industry.
The firm's new policy includes a categorical refusal to agree to continuances, discovery extensions, or requests to extend deadlines for answering complaints. This "redline rule" applies to all cases, even those filed prior to March.
Last week, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida has taken further steps to transform the state into a safe space for insurance companies by approving HB 837, a bill that drastically alters the landscape of tort law in Florida. This new legislation is a perfect realization of the insurance sector's aspirations, as it modifies Florida's bad faith law, abolishes one-way attorney fee provisions, shortens the statute of limitations for negligence lawsuits, implements a modified comparative fault system, restricts compensation, and introduces other changes.
The email made it clear that any courtesies extended to the insurance industry will be considered a serious internal offense. While personal connections with defense attorneys may exist, the firm emphasizes that their loyalty is to their clients and not to those who work for the insurance industry. The email portrays insurance carriers as an enemy that has tried to harm the personal injury industry and its clients, particularly citing a recent incident in Florida.
In cases where extenuating circumstances might benefit the firm's clients, the email advises attorneys to seek prior approval from their superiors. However, as a general rule, the firm is committed to not giving "one single inch" to insurance carriers.
A direct copy of the email is provided here for your review- this is from Morgan & Morgan, which I must say I tend to agree with:
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Dennis Gonzalez Jr.
Miami Criminal Defense Attorney