June 15, 2015

Austin & Laurato, P.A. wins first Structural Denial under New Sinkhole Statute

Giving in to aggressive lobbying by Florida’s insurance companies, the Legislature amended Florida’s sinkhole law to require that that all sinkhole claims meet a techinical and […]
March 16, 2015

Austin & Laurato Wins String of Important Appellate Cases, Making Sinkhole Law In the Process

Recently, the law firm of Austin & Laurato has been involved in a number of appeals which have tremendously impacted the world of sinkhole litigation in […]
May 13, 2014

Hillsborough County Juries Find Citizens and Florida Peninsula Liable in Two Separate Denied Sinkhole Cases

Migdalia Cabrera and Pedro Garcia, married 35 years, fought an uphill battle against government-run Citizens Property Insurance Corporation to recover the cost of repairing extensive sinkhole […]
January 16, 2014

Austin & Laurato, P.A. Wins First-Ever Sinkhole Jury Trial in South Florida

West Central Florida residents, who reside in Florida’s infamous “sinkhole alley,” are well-aquanted with sinkhole losses.  And so are the geologists, geotechnical engineers, other sinkhole professionals, and […]
September 30, 2013

Firm lawyer, Michael Laurato, Again Holds Citizens Accountable for Sinkhole Loss in Front of Hillsborough County Jury

The week beginning September 23, 2013 saw yet another sinkhole trial against Citizens Property Insurance Company get underway.  In this case, Citizens’ policyholder, Evelio Campos, noticed […]
August 6, 2013

Citizen’s Property Insurance Bad Faith Sinkhole Defense Strategy Again Rejected by Hillsborough County Jury

In mid-July 2013, firm attorney Michael Laurato, was again brought on to try a sinkhole case against Citizens Property Insurance Company.  Over the past year, Citizens […]
February 11, 2013

Austin & Laurato’s Tradition of Community Involvement

Our firm has a long and outstanding tradition of community service.  Sharing our time, talent, and resources has always been a regular practice observed by the […]
February 6, 2013

Austin & Laurato, P.A. Wins Important Sinkhole Verdict Against Citizens Property Insurance Corporation

Nothing is more important to our firm than helping families by holding insurance companies accountable for the wrongful denial of homeowner policy claims.  After all, in […]
January 24, 2013

Hernando County Couple’s Sinkhole Damaged Home Saved After Jury Verdict Rejects Insurer’s Denial by Michael V. Laurato

On February 8, 2012, Austin & Laurato, P.A. partner, Michael V. Laurato, along with Tom Thomspon of the Thompson Trial Group, P.A. won a significant verdict […]
January 22, 2013

Florida Bad Faith Law and Your Sinkhole Claim. By Michael V. Laurato, Esq.

Florida Bad Faith Law and Your Sinkhole Claim By Michael V. Laurato, Esq. (1164 Words)             Damages caused to a home by sinkhole activity in Florida […]
January 17, 2013

GPR, Floor Elevation, and the SPT: What they are and How do they Help Confirm Sinkhole Activity in Florida. By Michael Laurato

GPR, Floor Elevation Surveys, and the SPT:  What are they and How do they Help Confirm Sinkhole Activity in Florida.  By Michael V. Laurato, Esq.             […]
January 17, 2013

Is Your Home Being Affected By Sinkhole Activity? By Michael V. Laurato

Is Your Home Being Affected By Sinkhole Activity? By Michael V. Laurato, Esq.             Sinkholes occur in many parts of Florida due primarily to Florida’s limestone […]