The lawsuit filed by Allstate Insurance* against Auto Glass America and its owner Charles Isaly (AGA) and AGA’s countersuit continue to work their way through the U.S. District Court in Orlando. The past two weeks have seen motions concerning witnesses, sealing information and legal fees.
Most of the activity has centered on Allstate’s desire to depose Will Melton, who is identified as a former salesperson for AGA, Melton’s current (as of Sept. 25, 2020) LinkedIN profile lists him as a salesperson at AGA located in New Port Richey, Florida. The Plaintiff’s motion filed September 17, contends that a previous attempt to depose Melton “was cut short due to unavailability of the witness and improper objections by the deponent’s counsel.” Judge Leslie Hoffman has since ordered that the deposition be held on September 29th.
The Judge also ordered that the depositions of the expert witnesses provided by each side be delayed due to the serious illness of the defendant’s expert. The depositions of Rick McKeith, and auto glass technician for AGA and Mark McIntosh, a former partner in AGA, have also been delayed until the week of September 28th. Judge Hoffman has already ordered that many of the depositions will be under seal and not public.
*Note: Allstate Insurance Company, Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Company, Allstate Indemnity Company and Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance Company (collectively Allstate). They, as well as Auto Glass America and Charles Isaly (known as AGA) are all represented by outside counsel.