Act Now – Urge Lawmakers to Oppose Prejudgment Interest Bill(s)

By: Carolyn Johnson

This Week: One Hearing in the House, One Hearing in the Senate

The Florida Legislature is seriously considering passing “Prejudgment Interest” during the 2017 Florida Legislative Session.

February 21 at 3:30 p.m., the Florida Senate Judiciary Committee will take up SB 334, sponsored by Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota), related to “Prejudgment Interest.”

On February 23, at 9 a.m., the Florida House Civil Justice and Claims Subcommittee will take up HB 469, sponsored by Rep. Shawn Harrison (R-Tampa).

Take action now by clicking BOTH links below to send one email to the Senate Judiciary Committee and one email to the House Civil Justice and Claims Subcommittee.

  • Click here to urge Representatives on the House Civil Justice and Claims Subcommittee to VOTE NO on HB 469.
  • Click here to urge Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee to VOTE NO on SB 334.

“Prejudgment Interest” allows interest to be charged on damages from the date the injury or tort occurred, not from the date the legal decision was made, as is the current law. Delays in the legal system, which might not be due to the defendant, will only further drive up the cost of personal injury lawsuits against Floridians and businesses.

Did you know that Florida has one of the worst legal climates in the country (ranked 44th of the 50 states)? Florida’s legal climate costs households $3400 in a “lawsuit abuse tax” thanks to the amount and cost of litigation.

Job creators look at many factors when deciding to move to or expand their business and a bottom-10 legal climate only deters economic growth. We should be working to improve our legal climate.