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Federal Ban on Vicarious Liability in Question in Florida

April 25, 2006

ST. LOUIS – The federal ban on vicarious liability for vehicle rental and leasing companies has come under fire in Florida. A Florida county judge has ruled that a lessor still may be required to pay damages if a state has “financial responsibility” rules for companies that rent or lease vehicles, according to an Automotive News report.In Florida, lessors are responsible if their customers have less insurance than the state prescribes. Under the judge’s ruling, Enterprise Leasing Co. may have to pay as much as $500,000 to Jo Ellen Poole and Robert Poole after Jo Ellen Poole was injured in a 2002 collision with a vehicle leased from Enterprise, according to the report.Enterprise plans on appealing the judge’s ruling, according to Automotive News.
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