Johnson, Safelite and Archer Western Contractors Agree to Settlement Conference

Jerri Joann Johnson, who filed a complaint against Safelite alleging one of its technicians caused damage to her vehicle which the company “refuses to fix,” has agreed to a settlement conference with Safelite Group and Archer Western Contractors.

Johnson brought the complaint against Chicago-based Archer Western Contractors and Safelite Group in the U.S. District Court of Maryland, in September 2014. She alleged that a stone from the construction company truck hit and damaged the backlite of her 2004 Hummer H2. In response, Archer Western Contractors sent a Safelite AutoGlass technician out to replace the backlite.

When the backlite was replaced, Johnson claimed broken glass got down inside the rear door, which caused the vehicle to show “rear access open” on the dash board when the plaintiff drove it.

She contacted both Archer Western and Safelite regarding the situation. Archer Western apparently encouraged her to contact Safelite.

Safelite refused to pay for repairs because company officials claimed they were not responsible, Johnson claimed in her court filing. She claimed Safelite said Archer Western was responsible because it was their truck that was carrying the stone that broke the window, according to court documents.

Attorneys representing Archer Western Contractors were apparently able to get both Safelite Group and Johnson to agree to a settlement conference with a magistrate judge.

“My office represents defendant Archer Western Contractors, and we have spoken with Johnson and Gregory Emrick, the attorney for defendant Safelite Group, and all parties believe that it could be beneficial for a magistrate judge to hold a settlement conference,” writes Gregg Viola of Eccleston and Wolf in a court filing this week.

The judge agreed.

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