Harold Kim, executive vice president at the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, will address attendees at the Florida Chamber's 2016 Capitol Days event in Tallahassee at 10:15 a.m. today.
Kim is scheduled to talk about the need for legal reform in Florida as part of a discussion titled, "Second to None or Second to Texas?"
“There is plenty to discuss in regards to legal reform in Florida,” Kim recently told Florida Business Daily. “There is a problematic legal climate where there is a high volume of litigation that is unique to Florida."
The Florida Chamber of Commerce claims that there is a need for a discussion on how “Florida must redouble efforts to fix the state’s worsening legal climate and finally get rid of the state’s ‘judicial hellhole’ reputation and instead, focus on being open for business.”
Kim explained that, in regards to litigation, California is worse, “but the volume of Florida lawsuits come close.”
“My talk addresses litigation, where Florida has the highest in the country, especially in regards to insurance litigation,” Kim said. “Furthermore, in the 50 states, Florida ranks 44th, so they are pretty close to the bottom overall in legal climate.”
Kim further explained that the advertising by lawyers and firms for car insurance suits in Tampa Bay and Fort Lauderdale, for example, are ubiquitous.
“It shows just how prevalent lawsuits have become and how abusive the system has become,” he said.
“Attorneys for these plaintiffs are the real problem, as they are the ones who are driving the suits," he said. "In many cases, these lawsuits are not consumer-driven.”
Kim explained that the volume of lawsuits in Florida impacts all residents.
“When lawsuits against insurance agencies are filed, it raises the price of premiums for all Florida residents," Kim said. "At some point, it affects more than just the legal system or the insurance companies."
Kim's talk will be held at the Florida State University Turnbull Conference Center.