Grady Howell, of Plant City, Fla., helps a friend salvage items from a flooded mobile home Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, after Hurricane Irma moved through the area in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

With a Florida legislative battle brewing again about the issue, an appeals court has ruled against a property insurer’s effort to place restrictions on a controversial practice known as “assignment of benefits.”

The Fifth District Court of Appeal, in an eight-page ruling Friday, upheld a decision by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation to reject restrictions proposed by Security First Insurance Co.

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