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Report Shows Link Between Distracted Driving and Auto Insurance Premiums

The Coronavirus forced the country into a state of constant change for months as medical professionals and government leaders tried to learn as much as they could while offering safety guidelines. The auto glass industry was directly impacted when states … Continue reading

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Auto Insurance Agencies See Reduced Claims Since Virus Outbreak

As more states implement shutdowns in an effort to limit COVID-19’s reach, auto insurance providers run the risk of declines in insurance claims. J. Robert Hunter, Consumer Federation insurance director and Birny Birnbaum, Center for Economic Justice director, wrote a … Continue reading

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Why Choosing the Right Insurance Impacts Your Shop

There are a few insurance policies industry experts say are beneficial for auto glass companies to have. Of them, auto liability, general liability and workers compensation should be the main options needed, as stated in a recent webinar given by … Continue reading

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State Farm Responds to Claims of Influencing Non-OEM Auto Repair

A jury recently found Texas-based John Eagle Collision Center liable for injuries sustained by Matthew and Marcia Seebachan following a 2013 crash because  a repair was not done according to OEM specifications, according to the verdict. Now, State Farm is … Continue reading

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Access Insurance Company Ordered Into Liquidation

A Texas district court judge has issued an order of liquidation of Access Insurance Company, an auto insurer incorporated in Texas but headquartered in Atlanta, after the Texas Insurance Department found the insurer unable to pay off its debts. The … Continue reading

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Arizona Senate Bill Clears First Hurdle

After much discussion, Arizona SB 1155, a bill aimed at strengthening the state’s current anti-steering laws and requiring timely inspections of glass claims, cleared the state’s Senate Committee on Government.  “I come here before you today as someone who’s been … Continue reading

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Proposed Anti-Steering Amendment Clears Indiana State Senate

An Indiana bill designed to prohibit insurers and related entities from requiring an insured to use a specified auto repair shop has cleared the state Senate and is currently waiting to be heard in the House of Representatives. SB 164, … Continue reading

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Florida Insurer Windshield Inspection Bill Clears Another Senate Committee

Florida state Sen. Dorothy Hukill’s proposed amendment to current legislation that would require an insurer’s inspection prior to a windshield repair or replacement cleared another Senate committee hearing. “[Auto glass repair] companies have been lurking in parking lots, waiting by … Continue reading

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Proposed Arizona Bill Addresses Auto Glass Repair and Replacement Practices

Arizona state Senator David Farnsworth has introduced an amendment to the state’s current legislation that relates to auto glass repair and replacement practices. More specifically, it addresses how auto insurers and third party administrators (TPAs) should handle auto glass claims.  … Continue reading

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Iowa Representatives Propose New Bill Concerning Auto Repair Facility Choice

The Iowa House of Representatives has introduced a bill that aims to add a section regarding automobile repair facility choice to the state’s law. However, the bill notes that “automobile repair business or location” does not apply to facilities that … Continue reading

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Proposal that Would Require Insurer Windshield Inspections Passes Florida Senate Committee

A proposed amendment to Florida legislation that would require an insurer’s inspection before a windshield is repaired or replaced has been cleared by a Senate committee. The bill, which is identical in language to the House bill proposed by Rep. … Continue reading

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Going with Direct Billing? Here are a Few Tips from Auto Glass Shop Owners

If you’re looking to go the direct billing route, here are a few more tips and recommendations that could work for you. For more information on the topic, look to the January/February issue of AGRR magazine. 1. There’s an App … Continue reading

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Bill Aims to Add Insurer Inspection Prior to Windshield Repair in Florida

The proposed amendment to a current Florida legislation that would require an inspection of a windshield’s damage by an insurer before it is repaired or replaced has now been introduced to the state’s legislature. The proposed amendment reads, “A policy … Continue reading

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Exploring Direct Billing as a Viable Payment Option

Over the course of nearly two decades, automotive insurance providers have slowly but surely offloaded their responsibilities to third-party administrators (TPAs)—businesses (or business divisions) set up for the sole purposes of dolling out referrals, making payments and shuffling electronic paperwork … Continue reading

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Uptick in Domestic Auto Sales; Vehicle Repair and Insurance Prices Also Increase

Domestic sales for new autos experienced an uptick November to December. According to the latest figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), U.S. automotive unit retail sales increased by 6 percent, or 20,900 units, on a month-over-month basis. Year … Continue reading

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Update: Proposed New Hampshire Bill Submitted to House Committee

The proposed amendment to a previously pre-filed bill in New Hampshire has been submitted to the House Committee on Commerce and Consumer Affairs. The amendment would require auto insurers to reimburse independent repair shops—including glass companies—similarly to auto dealerships. If … Continue reading

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PPI: Prices for Materials Used in the Auto Glass Industry Increased

Prices for materials used in the auto glass industry increased in November, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The monthly PPI for specialty glass, which includes auto glass, in the … Continue reading

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Eleventh Circuit Reversal of Anti-Trust Lawsuit Encourages Progression of Similar Cases

The reinstatement of a lawsuit by five auto repair shops against insurers for violating antitrust laws has spurred more auto shops whose lawsuits have been stagnant since 2015 to follow suit. In September, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed … 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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Proposed Florida Bill Aims to Add Insurer Inspection Prior to Windshield Repair

Florida Rep. Rene Plasencia has proposed an amendment to current legislation that would require an inspection of a windshield’s damage by an insurer before it is repaired or replaced. The bill has been pre-filed in the Florida state legislature, and, … Continue reading

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PPI: Auto Glass Prices Rise as Year Nears End

Prices for materials used in the auto glass industry increased notably in October after months of stagnation, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The monthly PPI for specialty glass, which … Continue reading

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Geico Motions for Entry Default Judgement against VIP Auto Glass

Geico General Insurance Company has asked the U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida Tampa Division to enter default judgment in its favor in the October 2016 lawsuit filed by VIP Auto Glass (VIP). The auto glass shop was seeking … Continue reading

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J.D. Power Finds Insureds Slow to Accept Digital Claims Reporting

Auto insureds have been slow to accept digital claims reporting despite insurers’ push toward using mobile apps and digital channels to purchase insurance, according to J.D. Power’s 2017 U.S. Auto Claims Satisfaction study. The report noted that the results were … 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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Report: Auto Insurance Industry Could Drop by 71 Percent

With the rapid advancements in autonomous vehicle technology and regulations, the auto insurance sector could decrease by 71 percent, or $137 billion, by 2050, according to a recent report by KPMG. The report, which was originally released in 2015, has … Continue reading

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Eleventh Circuit Reinstates Auto Shops’ Lawsuit Against Insurers

Five auto repair shops, who claimed several insurance companies fixed repair prices, have had their case reinstated by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. The shops, which are located in different states throughout the country, originally had … Continue reading

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Hurricane Harvey Rips Through Southeastern Texas, Damaging Auto Glass Shops

Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical storm, pounded Houston and surrounding areas over the weekend, bringing with it devastating amounts of rain, which in some parts, have yet to cease. The National Weather Service forecasters expect some areas to see rainfall … Continue reading

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Domestic Sales for New Autos Continue to Decline

Domestic sales for new autos continued to decrease from June to July. According to the latest figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), U.S. automotive unit retail sales dropped slightly by 5.8 percent, or 23,400 units, on a month-over-month … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Against State Farm Could See Its Day in Court

The lawsuits Matthew and Marcia Seebachan recently dismissed against State Farm for its alleged role in influencing an auto repair not up to OEM specifications may be resurrected at a later date.  The couple recently dropped their respective lawsuits for … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Dismissed Against State Farm for its Influence on Auto Repair

Matthew and Marcia Seebachan have dismissed their cases against State Farm Mutual Automobile Company, which alleged the insurer influenced an auto repair that didn’t meet OEM specifications in order to increase its bottom line. The lawsuits, which were filed separately, … Continue reading

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Lawsuits Highlight the Influence Auto Insurers Have Over Auto Repairs

John Eagle Collision Center, a Texas auto body shop, is in the midst of a $1 million lawsuit for alleged negligence due to a repair of a 2010 Honda Fit roof. According to court documents, the collision center neglected to … Continue reading

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Reliable Insurance Sends Email Recommending Glass Shop

Reliable Insurance Network, an independent agency servicing Minnesota, Wisconsin and Arizona, recently sent an email to its insureds recommending Safelite for all auto glass repair or replacement needs, specifically if the car is equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ Welcomes Sponsor Cohen Grossman Attorney at Law

Auto Glass Week™ 2017—a three-day action-packed event with everything a technician could ask for—is welcoming Cohen Grossman Attorney at Law as a Cobalt sponsor. Whether you’re looking for advice, education on the latest industry products and tools, the latest installation … Continue reading

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National Underwriter Ranks Top Auto Insurance Groups by Net Premiums

National Underwriter Property & Casualty recently released its annual list of the top earners in the insurance industry. The list is based on data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, a research and analytics company headquartered in New York City. The … Continue reading

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Recent Stats Show Decline in Auto Sales and Increase in Insurance and Repairs

Domestic auto sales experienced a slight decrease from May to June. According to the latest figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), U.S. automotive unit retail sales dropped by 8.3 percent, or 36,200 units, on a month over month … Continue reading

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U.S. Drivers Are Open to Sharing Data to Save on Auto Insurance

U.S. consumers of all ages are willing to embrace connected cars and usage-based car insurance (UBI) in order to receive a better deal on auto insurance rates, according to a recent Wilson Towers Watson survey. The global risk assessment and … Continue reading

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PCI Warns Consumers of Alleged Auto Glass Repair Shop Fraud

A July press release from the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) is warning Floridian consumers to not fall victim to rampant auto glass repair schemes that take place in the summer months. Since travel is up during the … Continue reading

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Amica Selects IMS for On-Demand Auto Insurance Telematics Program

Intelligent Mechatronic Systems (IMS), a connected car and insurance telematics solution provider, has been chosen by Amica Mutual Insurance Co. as its partner for an on-demand insurance telematics program. Amica’s upcoming program will be powered by IMS’ DriveSync connected car … Continue reading

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European Commission and CCPC Investigate Auto Insurers in Ireland

Earlier this month, European Commission officials, as well as officials from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), carried out unannounced inspections at certain auto insurers in Ireland to investigate suspicions of price fixing.  “The Commission has concerns that the … Continue reading

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Auto Insurance Premiums Trail behind Losses

According to a recent report by the Insurance Information Institute (III), auto losses and expenses have increased steadily each year, surmounting private passenger auto premiums—but it’s not due to lack of increased rates.  The report, which examined premiums and loss … Continue reading

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J.D. Power: Auto Insurance Price Satisfaction Down, Overall Satisfaction Up

J.D. Power recently released its 2017 U.S. Auto Insurance study, which examines customer satisfaction, reported that rates increased for 26-percent of consumers this year. This, unsurprisingly, caused price satisfaction to decline, though other areas of overall customer satisfaction increased, the … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Bills Could Amend Auto Insurance Definition

Massachusetts Senator Michael Moore introduced a bill to amend the state’s current definition of insurance, which umbrellas auto insurance. The proposed amendment reads, “Section 1 of chapter 157L, as added by chapter 493 of the acts of 2014, hereby amends … Continue reading

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Startup Auto Insurer Root Hires CFO From Stalwart State Auto

Startup Auto Insurer Root Hires CFO From Stalwart State Auto

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Motorist Alleges State Farm Failed to Provide Benefits After Collision

Motorist Alleges State Farm Failed to Provide Benefits After Collision

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Michigan Automobile Insurance Placement Facility Names Mark Wagenschutz as Executive Director

Michigan Automobile Insurance Placement Facility Names Mark Wagenschutz as Executive Director

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Use of Lawyers to Fight Insurers Shows ‘Failure’ in Auto Insurance System, Report Says

Use of Lawyers to Fight Insurers Shows ‘Failure’ in Auto Insurance System, Report Says

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New Bill Would Lower Detroit Auto Insurance, but Could Raise it in Rest of State

New Bill Would Lower Detroit Auto Insurance, but Could Raise it in Rest of State

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Ontario’s Auto Insurance System ‘One of the Least Effective’ in Canada, Report Finds

Ontario’s Auto Insurance System ‘One of the Least Effective’ in Canada, Report Finds

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Auto Insurance Reforms Pass Senate Committee, But Don’t Count on Rate Savings

Auto Insurance Reforms Pass Senate Committee, But Don’t Count on Rate Savings

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U.K. Car Insurance Rates May Rise 28% to Record $1,200 a Year

U.K. Car Insurance Rates May Rise 28% to Record $1,200 a Year

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Kuhnmuench: Insurers Echo Call to Reduce Auto Insurance Rates

Kuhnmuench: Insurers Echo Call to Reduce Auto Insurance Rates

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How Tesla Might Change Personal Auto Insurance

How Tesla Might Change Personal Auto Insurance (TSLA)

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Ontario Releases Report on Auto Insurance

Ontario Releases Report on Auto Insurance

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ADAS Can Lead to Higher Auto Insurance Prices

New cars with crash prevention technology and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are causing auto insurance rates to rise dramatically, according to a Wall Street Journal article published April 3. The article explains that safety features such as autonomous braking, … Continue reading

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Bill to Nix Use of Age, Credit for Auto Premiums Stalls

Bill to Nix Use of Age, Credit for Auto Premiums Stalls

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Horace Mann Insurance Updates Fast Glass Service Message

The Illinois-based insurance provider, who has been providing insurance to teachers since 1945, has added a new disclaimer to its Fast Glass Service hotline within the last year.When a caller is waiting to be connected to an agent, they will … Continue reading

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Losses on Auto Insurance Hurt Nationwide 2016 Financial Results

Losses on Auto Insurance Hurt Nationwide 2016 Financial Results

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Good2Go Auto Insurance Becomes a Member of the National Safety Council as of April, 2017

Good2Go Auto Insurance® Becomes a Member of the National Safety Council as of April, 2017

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Self-Driving Cars Raise Questions About Who Carries Insurance

Self-Driving Cars Raise Questions About Who Carries Insurance

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True Mileage Unveils New Intelligent Usage Based Auto Insurance Device

True Mileage Unveils New Intelligent Usage Based Auto Insurance Device

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Florida House Members Move On Auto Insurance Changes

Florida House Members Move On Auto Insurance Changes

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NC Insurance Officials to Challenge Auto Rate Increase

NC Insurance Officials to Challenge Auto Rate Increase

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Unemployment Is Affecting Auto Insurance Rates

Unemployment Is Affecting Auto Insurance Rates

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How Artificial Intelligence Could Change the Auto Insurance Industry

How Artificial Intelligence Could Change the Auto Insurance Industry

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Jupiter Auto Insurance Taps Elafris for AI Solution

Jupiter Auto Insurance Taps Elafris for AI Solution

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Root Auto Insurance Launches “Lyft on Us” Program for Good Drivers

Root Auto Insurance Launches “Lyft on Us” Program for Good Drivers

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Car Insurance Rates on the Rise in Louisiana

Louisiana car insurance rates are on the rise again and one big culprit could be the smartphone. The National Highway Safety Administration finds distracted driving is the cause for 20% of crashes in the state. State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says drivers are having a hard time putting down the cell phone and focusing on the road. Continue reading

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No-Fault Auto Insurance Fee Going Up July 1

No-Fault Auto Insurance Fee Going Up July 1

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Auto Insurance Fraud Costs Canadian Consumers Billions of Dollars Each Year

Auto Insurance Fraud Costs Canadian Consumers Billions of Dollars Each Year

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This Auto Insurance Company Wants to Lower Rates for Tesla Self-Driving Cars

This Auto Insurance Company Wants to Lower Rates for Tesla Self-Driving Cars

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ACCC Rejects Commission Cap on Car Insurance Add-Ons

ACCC Rejects Commission Cap on Car Insurance Add-Ons

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Senator Tony Mendoza Convenes Hearing on Autonomous Vehicles and Auto Insurance in California

Senator Tony Mendoza Convenes Hearing on Autonomous Vehicles and Auto Insurance in California

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Report: Auto Insurance Costs Rise 7.5 Percent

The cost of motor vehicle insurance has gone up in the last year, and the emergence of new technology, including advanced driver assistance systems, could be playing a role in these increases. An Insurance Information Institute (III) analysis of the Consumer … Continue reading

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Some Car Dealers Refuse to Recalibrate Aftermarket Glass

Is OE glass now a requirement for recalibration after a windshield replacement? Continue reading

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State Farm Sued for Bankrolling Judge

Customers of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. brought a class-action suit against the insurance company, claiming it helped elect a judge and block a billion-dollar award against State Farm. Continue reading

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