Division of Accounting and Auditing

    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Department of Financial Services, Division of Accounting and Auditing, Bureau of Unclaimed Property (the “Department”), received a Petition for Declaratory Statement (the “Petition”) from Choice Plus LLC on November 10, 2015. The Petition seeks the Department’s opinion regarding: (1) the Department’s method for determining whether a fee is a “flat fee” under Sections 717.135 and 717.1351, Florida Statutes; and (2) the specific statutory, regulatory, common, and case law bases for the Department’s authority to examine a claimant’s representative’s prior claims in order to determine whether a fee in the instant claim is a flat fee.

    A copy of the Petition for Declaratory Statement may be obtained by contacting: Dustin William Metz, Assistant General Counsel, Division of Legal Services, 612 Larson Building, 200 E. Gaines Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0333, (850)413-3110, dustin.metz@myfloridacfo.com. Please refer all comments to Dustin William Metz.

    Responses, motions to intervene, or requests for an agency hearing pursuant to Section 120.57(2), Florida Statutes, must be filed within 21 days of this Notice.

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