“In 2006, approximately 400 auto glass assignment of benefit (AOB) lawsuits were filed against auto insurers. In 2016, nearly 20,000 lawsuits were filed,” Florida Department of Financial Services said in a January 2018 press release from the Office of the Insurance Consumer Advocate’s news page.
New stats, however, show that the number of lawsuits filed is down more than 35 percent between the first six months of 2017 to the first six months of 2018. This is according to an analysis of cases against insurers that attorneys must report to the state’s Service of Process Reports database. Its numbers dropped from 13,475 lawsuits to 8,435 lawsuits, according to an article from the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
“We believe the number of lawsuits [is] being under-reported,” said Logan McFaddin, regional manager of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America in a written statement in an article from the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Recently, a Central Florida contractor was arrested with help from the Bureau of Insurance Fraud investigators for allegedly committing auto glass insurance fraud. This arrest brought AOB issues to the surface in the sunshine state yet again.