Remember that class action lawsuit against insurers? We were reminded it of today when the Bradenton Herald mistakenly posted a very old Miami Herald story -- from Dec. 19, 2007 -- about the governor's office engaging the help of three big-name lawyers to consider suing the insurance industry.
His office had talked to Roberto Martinez, the former U.S. attorney from Miami who chaired Crist's transition team; Dexter Douglass, the former general counsel to Gov. Lawton Chiles who worked on the state's litigation against the tobacco industry, and Bob Hackleman, a Fort Lauderdale trial lawyer with Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, to look into the lawsuit at no cost to the state.
When asked about it today, Gov. Charlie Crist was a bit taken aback. But the question is still legit: whatever happened to it?
"I'll have to get back to you on that,'' Crist said, saying he's referred it to Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp. "I'm happy to report to you that property insurance rates are down...Overall, it's about 16 percent down -- rates -- across the board. We've essentially kicked out the bad actors.''
So you've ruled out a lawsuit? "No,'' he said.