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NU Online News Service, Dec. 15, 3:43 p.m. EST

Industry trade associations have joined together in filing a “friend of the court” brief with the Florida Supreme Court in support of United Automobile Insurance Company’s request for a rehearing in a case involving personal injury protection automobile coverage.

An opinion from the state’s highest court earlier this year has dire consequences, the industry groups contended. The opinion is “likely to raise automobile insurance premiums, diminish benefits, place more uninsured drivers on our roads, generate a substantial increase in litigation, force PIP carriers out of Florida and may ultimately result in the breakdown of the PIP system in Florida,” according to the brief filed by the Florida Property & Casualty Association, Florida Insurance Council, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, National Insurance Crime Bureau and others.

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