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See below for a statement from Florida Justice Association (FJA) President Curry Pajcic regarding the passage of HB 837 by the Florida Senate.

“In just three short weeks, Florida lawmakers rushed through some of the largest rights-grabbing legislation in recent history. This bill significantly limits the ability of Floridians to hold wrongdoers accountable and effectively gives Big Insurance the keys to our state and our court process.”

“HB 837 is a direct assault on the rights of every Floridian by insurance companies and corporate elites who think they can dictate which rights should be preserved and which can be tossed aside.”

“This legislation weakens accountability for insurance companies and multi-billion-dollar corporations by creating roadblocks to the ability of average Floridians to be able to access the courts.”

“The right to trial by JURY, not trial by government, is a right our Founding Fathers fought and died for. They knew the rich and the powerful would try to use the government to take these rights from us again. They created the Bill of Rights, specifically enumerating the rights we hold inviolate that the government cannot ever take away from us again.”

“The legislation passed today is precisely that – rich and powerful corporations using government to take away the rights of everyday Floridians.  And they rushed it through the process as fast as they could.”

“If the corporate elites are empowered to grab away our right to trial by jury, which right will they feel entitled to take next?  Will they grab our guns?  Our right to free speech? Empowering the rich and powerful is not what this country was founded on and not something any of us should stand for.”

“Our nation was founded on the principles of a free and fair government that allows access to the courts for every citizen, and not only for the elite few.”

“Justice is the only thing preventing the insurance industry from taking over our state, limiting our freedom, and irreparably decimating the rights of our neighbors, family, and friends.”

“Lawmakers have a duty to protect Floridians’ rights. Numerous parties came before lawmakers and pleaded with them to stand up against this bill and the limitations it creates. Unfortunately, Floridians voices were not heard, and lawmakers moved forward with this unprecedented attack on access to justice in our state.”

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