Sen. Travis Hutson

The Florida Legislature has passed sweeping litigation reforms proponents say will combat lawsuit abuse, rebalance the justice system, and reign in “billboard lawyers.”

“We have a fundamental problem in Florida when you turn on your TV or radio and the ad says if you have been injured call an attorney first, do not call your insurance, call an attorney,” Sen. Travis Hutson, R-Palm Coast, said moments before the Senate voted 23-15 on March 23 to approve HB 837. “That is a problem. It’s not right and it is because current law allows this to happen and people believe they won the jackpot with a litigation lottery.”

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