AGRR Magazine


Jul 31, 2006 18:30 ET

Federal Court Dismisses Bulk of Diamond Triumph's Lawsuit Against Safelite

All But One of Safelite's Counterclaims Move Forward

COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Safelite Group, Inc., a leading provider of property and casualty claims management solutions and auto glass repair and replacement products and services, announces several favorable rulings relating to the summary judgment motions of both Safelite Group and Diamond Triumph Auto Glass.

In a ruling issued earlier today, the Honorable James M. Munley of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania dismissed all of Diamond Triumph's claims that the telephone greetings and scripts used by Safelite to administer insurance company glass claims are false and misleading. In addition, the court ruled that Safelite did not breach its network contract with Diamond Triumph. The court permitted Diamond Triumph to move forward on certain claims, but only on a very limited basis.

"This is a huge victory for Safelite and our customers," said Mark Smolik, Senior Vice President & General Counsel of Safelite Group. "Based on today's ruling, Diamond Triumph faces a significant burden in proving what remains of its claims."

The court also declined to dismiss six out of seven Safelite counterclaims against Diamond Triumph. The court ruled Safelite may continue to pursue its state law claims against Diamond Triumph for commercial bribery, as well as Safelite's claims against Diamond for defamation, federal false advertising, intentional interference with business relations, unfair competition, and breach of contract.

"We have always believed in the integrity of our business practices and will continue to conduct business with the best interests of our clients in mind," added Smolik.

Columbus, OH-based Safelite Group is a leading provider of property and casualty claims management solutions and auto glass products and services. Safelite Group is the parent company for Safelite AutoGlass(R), the nation's largest provider of auto glass repair and replacement services, Safelite Solutions, a third-party administrator of property and casualty claims, and Safelite Glass Corp., a leading fabricator of aftermarket windshields. For more information, visit

Source: Safelite Group, Inc.

CONTACT: Legal, Mark A. Smolik, Senior Vice President, General Counsel &
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