Judge: New Fla. law violates contractors free speech


A federal judge in Florida has ruled that a part of a new state law, which bars "written or electronic communication" advertising the services of a contractor or public adjuster for insurance claims purposes, violates contractors' commercial speech rights. "There is a difference between targeting disfavored conduct or practices (contractors acting as public adjusters, exploiting consumers, filing fraudulent claims, etc.) and targeting anything that may lead to that conduct-- including truthful information that a consumer may have storm damage, and that storm damage may be covered by insurance," the judge wrote.

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