The First Amendment Foundation, an “open government activist group,” has spoken in support of Miami attorney James Fee’s legal challenge to NCCI’s 19.6 percent rate hike for workers’ comp in Florida, set to go into effect on October 1st. According to SaintPetersBlog, First Amendment Foundation President Barbara Peterson said, “I think he’s got a cause of action” in response to the controversy. Fee filed the suit last week in Miami-Dade County accusing NCCI of breaking state open meeting and public records laws. NCCI filed a response to the suit this week, arguing that Fee does not have standing to sue because NCCI is a private organization. The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) held a meeting on Tuesday about the filing, but a decision regarding whether or not the full proposal will be approved is still pending.
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