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Fla. appeals court lifts temporary ban on auto law

FL Court Of Appeals
Posted at 6:45 PM, Oct 23, 2013
and last updated 2014-03-13 11:15:11-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida appeals court is ordering state authorities to begin enforcing a controversial auto insurance law.

The 1st District Court of Appeal on Wednesday ruled that a Tallahassee judge was wrong when he sided with therapists and other health care providers challenging the 2012 law.

Circuit Judge Terry Lewis back in March had suspended part of Florida's Personal Injury Protection law that prohibited insurance payments to acupuncturists, massage therapists and chiropractors who treat accident victims. Lewis said the law violated the right of access to courts found in the Florida Constitution.

But the appeals court contended that those seeking to block enforcement of the law had not shown they were actually being harmed by the new law.

The ruling does not end the ongoing lawsuit challenging the new law.