Attorneys for Geico and a Florida automotive glass company have requested extensions to allow for more discovery in a class-action suit that alleges the insurance company underpaid VIP Auto Glass.
“Currently, the parties are engaged in extensive class discovery, with multiple rounds of written discovery and the deposition of defendant’s corporate representative scheduled for November 15, 2016, which was the earliest agreeable date available,” attorneys wrote in the motion filed in Florida’s 13th Judicial Circuit Court. “In addition, the parties anticipate additional depositions and further written discovery to be completed following the November 15, 2016 deposition.
Because of these depositions, attorneys wrote, the parties will not be able to make the original deadlines. Instead, both parties agreed to new deadlines of March 10, 2017 for the filing of Plaintiff’s Motion For Class Certification, and April 10, 2017 for the filing of Defendant’s response.
The lawsuit, originally filed by VIP Auto Glass, Inc., accuses Geico of using arbitrary price comparisons to determine a “prevailing competitive price” for its reimbursements to automotive glass companies, in order to pay as a little as possible.
The case arose after a February incident in which Deryl Jones – listed in the court records as the “insured customer” – had his windshield repaired and replaced by VIP Auto Glass, in accordance with Jones’ insurance policy.
Once the repair was complete, Geico allegedly underpaid VIP Auto Glass for its work, according to the court records. The reason for not repaying the company in full was that Geico paid what it determined to be the “prevailing competitive price” for the repairs.
VIP Auto Glass is seeking declaratory and injunctive relief.