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After clearing the Indiana House floor, Senate Bill 146, which aims to prohibit insurers and related entities from steering, may have hit a temporary stalemate. The state Senate has refused to concur with the amendments added by the House Committee … Continue reading
Members of the Arizona Auto Glass Association and the Safety Glass Association of Arizona are making final preparations today as they appear before legislators tomorrow to encourage passage of legislation that would prevent steering. The bill, SB 1155, would strengthen … Continue reading
Safelite Group, Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and Thomas Leonardi, state insurance commissioner, have “agreed in principle on the major terms of a settlement and have begun preparing definitive documents memorializing the agreement,” the parties’ attorneys have reported to the U.S. District Court of Connecticut.
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.
Attorney Stephen Wright of Goldman Gruder & Woods is representing three AGRR companies in Connecticut that have been subpoenaed for records and communications by Columbus, Ohio-based Safelite over the state’s anti-steering law. “It’s my belief that Safelite subpoened every glass shop that supported the legislation [Public Act 13-67—an Act Concerning Automotive Glass Work],” says Andre Santamaria, owner of Auto Glass of New England, whose Hamden, Conn., location was served.
A group of Florida collision repair shops have banded together to file an antitrust lawsuit against State Farm and dozens of other insurers, alleging the insurers use their direct repair programs to “illegally control and depress” repair rates and if the shops don’t comply, customers are steered away. This case has potential implications for the AGRR industry, as independent automotive glass repair shops allege similar issues with third-party administrators (TPAs), which handle automotive glass claims for insurers.
A judge for U.S. District Court of Connecticut has approved a timetable for the anti-steering lawsuit being waged after Safelite sued state Attorney General George Jepsen and Thomas Leonardi, insurance commissioner, to halt Public Act 13-67 (an Act Concerning Automotive Glass Work), which went into effect January 1. Safelite’s appeal to the Second Circuit Court is pending over the lower court’s denial of a preliminary injunction.
U.S. District Court Judge Janet Bond Arterton heard additional oral arguments in Safelite versus Jepsen on Monday from Safelite’s Attorney Jay Lefkowitz of Kirkland & Ellis and the State of Connecticut’s Assistant Attorney General Joseph Chambers. At issue in the case is the law requiring third-party administrators (TPAs) that own their own glass shops to provide a name of a non-affiliated glass repair shop in the same area to consumers.
U.S. District Court Judge Janet Bond Arterton heard oral arguments in Safelite vs. Jepsen on Monday from Safelite’s Attorney Jay Lefkowitz of Kirkland & Ellis and the State of Connecticut’s Assistant Attorney General Joseph Chambers. At issue is the law requiring third-party administrators (TPA) who own their own glass shops to provide a name of a non-affiliated glass repair shop in the same area to consumers. The law is scheduled to go into effect on January 1. Safelite contends it is the only entity covered by the law.