Washington, D.C.-Based Law Firm Investigates
Potential Class Action Suit Against Safelite
January 23, 2013
by Penny Stacey, firstname.lastname@example.org
A Washington, D.C.-based law firm, Mehri & Skalet PLLC, says it
is "investigating" a potential class action suit against
Columbus, Ohio-based Safelite AutoGlass, alleging that the company,
in its role as a third-party administrator (TPA), encourages consumers
to have their windshields replaced in instances when they could
be repaired. Additionally, the firm says it is looking into steering
"Safelite, acting as an agent for major insurance companies, routinely
tells consumers that their cracked windshields must be replaced,
even though many or most windshield cracks can be safely and effectively
repaired for much less money," alleges the firm in an announcement
about the investigation. "In addition, it routinely refers customers
to its own repair shops for windshield replacement services."
The firm is encouraging consumers who have had their windshields
replaced by Safelite but feel the windshields could have been repaired
to contact them.
Mehri & Skalet was founded in 2001 and focuses on class action
suits and complex litigation, according to its website, and has
been involved in suits involving several large corporations, including
Coca-Cola, Texaco Inc., Ford Motor Co., Morgan Stanley, Wachovia,
Hewlett-Packard Co. and Verizon.
A class action suit requires several prerequisites, according to
information from the Tech
Law Journal. Among these, the class has to be so numerous
that "the joinder of all members is impracticable," and there must
be questions of law common to all members of the class. If the case
were to come to fruition, the court would have to certify that a
class actually exists with these common factors before the case
Merhi & Skalet had not yet responded to requests for comment as
to the origins of the investigation.
Safelite spokesperson Melina Metzger provided the following statement
in response to the announcement about the possible investigation.
"Mehri & Skalet has no basis for a class action lawsuit against
Safelite," she says. "Safelite AutoGlass is in fact a leader in
offering repairs as an alternative to replacement when appropriate."
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as this case develops.
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