LYNX Services, Safelite Put Subpoena on Hold Over Connecticut Anti-Steering Law

LYNX Services has informed the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania that it and Safelite Group have reached an agreement to put the subpoena regarding Connecticut’s Act Concerning Automotive Glass Work (Public Act 13-67) on hold. The company filed a consent motion to withdraw its motion to quash the subpoena without prejudice and the judge agreed.

“In light of the parties’ agreement, there is no need to proceed with the motion to quash at this time,” according to LYNX Services’ attorneys.

“Safelite Group Inc. and Safelite Solutions LLC consent to the instant motion,” the attorneys add.

Safelite had sued Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and State Insurance Commissioner Thomas Leonardi and asked for an injunction to halt enforcement of PA 13-67. After the District Court judge decided against an immediate injunction to halt enforcement, Safelite had appealed the decision to the Appellate Court. The Second Circuit Court ordered a preliminary injunction temporarily halting enforcement.

Safelite’s attorneys took particular issue with a small portion of the act—PA-13-67(c)(2).

“It prohibits an insurance claims administrator (TPA) from informing policyholders about an affiliated glass repair business unless the administrator simultaneously refers policyholders to a local competitor’s glass repair business,” Safelite attorneys explain.

On or about July 22, 2014, Safelite served a subpoena to produce documents on LYNX Services in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Several AGRR companies in Connecticut were also sent subpoenas by Safelite. These companies and the Connecticut Attorney General are now taking stock after the recent appellate court decision. The legal dispute over these subpoenas continues to play out in the U.S. District Court for Connecticut. The companies have filed motions to quash and Safelite will file its court response soon.

Stay tuned to glassBYTEs.com™ for more on this case as it develops.

To read a copy of LYNX Services’ latest motion, click here.

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