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New justices could refuel workers' comp fight

The appointment of two new Florida Supreme Court justices has galvanized the business community’s interest in tackling attorney fees in the workers’ compensation insurance system.

Bill Herrle, executive director of the National Federation of Independent Business in Florida, has since 2016 called for the Legislature to limit what plaintiffs’ attorneys can charge injured workers.

He acknowledged that lawmakers’ reluctance has thwarted the issue of passing fee caps because of fears that such limits could be struck down by the Supreme Court.

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