Tallahassee, Florida (AP) --
An appeals court says a decision on whether state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. is immune from lawsuits alleging bad-faith practices is a matter of timing.
A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal on
Wednesday said it's question of great public importance for the
Florida Supreme Court to answer.
The question is whether the immunity issue should be decided
before or after a lawsuit against Florida's largest property
insurer goes to trial.
A two-judge majority says the immunity decision should wait
until after the case is tried.
A dissenting judge and another appeals court say the immunity
issue should be decided before trial. They also say that decision
should be that Citizens is immune from bad faith claims.