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Florida CFO Pushes for More AOB Reform Awareness

“The auto glass version of assignment of benefits (AOB) has got to be dealt with,” said Jimmy Patronis, chief financial officer for the state of Florida. The concern over AOB has been a growing for insurers in Florida over the … Continue reading

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Geico Files Complaint Against Shazam Auto Glass, LLC and Owner for Fraud

Geico Insurance Co. (Geico) has filed a federal lawsuit in Florida against Shazam Auto Glass, LLC, (Shazam) and its owner, Sean Martineau. The insurance company alleges Shazam and Martineau are responsible for a “fraudulent scheme” that included falsifying windshield replacement … Continue reading

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Florida Senate Bill Related to AOBs Moves Forward, But Without Auto Glass

A Florida Senate bill that aims to revise the state’s laws related to assignments of benefits (AOBs) has passed the Rules Committee with a vote of 11-6 and now moves to the full Senate for review. While both the bill, … Continue reading

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AOB Still an Issue in Florida

State Farm recently filed a lawsuit in Florida arguing against the state Office of Insurance Regulation’s (OIR) requests for public record information required by the state. Many of the records involved assignment of benefits (AOB) and insurance claims. State Farm … Continue reading

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Florida Lawsuits Decrease for Auto Glass Repair Insurance

Auto glass lawsuits which had increased from 2006 to 2016, are starting to decline in Florida. “In 2006 approximately 400 auto glass assignment of benefit (AOB) lawsuits were filed against auto insurers. In 2016, nearly 20,000 lawsuits were filed,” Florida … Continue reading

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PCI Urges Florida Senate to Pass Windshield Inspection Bill

The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) is urging the Florida Senate Banking and Insurance Committee to pass Senate Bill 396, which would require insurers to inspect a damaged windshield prior to it being repaired or replaced—an effort, the … Continue reading

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The Two Components of Assignment of Benefits

Assignment of benefits (AOBs) has been a controversial topic recently, as insurers allege some auto glass shops, primarily in Florida and Arizona as well as other states with a zero-deductible for auto glass, are committing fraud and entering litigation arbitrarily. … Continue reading

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Assignment of Benefits Necessary for Industry

Assignment of benefits can put all parties involved in a vulnerable position, but the practice is necessary for the survival of the automotive glass industry, according to Morgan and Morgan attorney Anthony Prieto. At Auto Glass Week™, he spoke to … Continue reading

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Florida Legislation Set to Put Restrictions on Glass Shops

Auto glass shops working under an “assignment of benefits” from their customers would be barred from collecting attorneys’ fees if the Florida State Legislature approves a bill that was filed late last month. Florida Senate Bill 1038 provides that an … Continue reading

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Florida House Bill One Committee Away from House Vote

Florida House Bill 699, which could void the ability for companies, such as automotive glass retailers, to seek the assignment of benefits from their customers, has gained approval from two house committees and has only one more to go before it reaches the full state house for a vote. Continue reading

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Florida House Bill 669 Could Impact Automotive Glass Companies

Florida House Representative John Tobia (R) has introduced bill 669, which could void the ability for companies, such as automotive glass retailers, to seek the assignment of benefits from their customers. This could have ramifications for Florida automotive glass companies, which use these assignment of benefits from their customers to sue insurance companies over alleged short pays, according to Linda Rollinson of Superior Auto Glass of Tampa Bay. Continue reading

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