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Insurers Can’t Require Examinations Under Oath in Pre-2012 PIP Claims: Florida Court

 Tuesday, July 2, 2013

 Insurance Journal

The Florida Supreme Court ruled that prior to a 2012 state law, auto insurer Geico didn’t have the right to force a policyholder to answer questions under oath before paying a personal injury protection (PIP) benefits claim. The ruling applies to a 2008 case in which the insurance company didn’t pay a claim submitted by Merly Nunez, who challenged a provision in her policy that stated she must submit to an examination under oath if requested. Since then, Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill into law that states insurance companies can require policyholders to submit to interviews by the company’s insurance adjusters or lawyers.