The Florida Bar Foundation has received a $70,000 cy pres award from a class action settlement in a case involving post-claims underwriting by an insurance company.
Judge Martin Bidwell of the 17th Judicial Circuit in Broward County approved a $1.2 million settlement against Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company and directed a portion of it to the Foundation. Judge Thomas Lynch, the previous judge in the case, had given initial approval for a cy pres award. Valorie S. Chavin of Chavin Mitchell Shmuely, Edward Zebersky of Zebersky & Payne, and Michael J. Higer of Berger Singerman represented the class.
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