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Florida Collision Repair Shops Argue Against Sanctions

Attorneys representing a group of Florida collision repair shops say an insurer’s motion for sanctions “is effectively a regurgitation of arguments it has previously made in its previous motions to dismiss.” The Florida collision repair shops allege that dozens of insurers use their direct repair programs to illegally control and depress rates. The complaint alleges that if the shops don’t comply, customers are steered away.

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Florida Collision Repair Shops Ask Judge to Deny Motions to Dismiss

A group of Florida collision repair shops have filed a response in the U.S. District Court of Florida to dozens of insurers’ motions to dismiss their complaint, alleging, “[T]he only way such specific identifiable instances of wrongful and successful ‘steering’ are brought to the direct attention of the respective plaintiffs is if, by chance, the successfully ‘steered’ customer happens to come back to their shop for whatever reason and then happens to relay information of the wrongful conduct to them (the shop) for whatever reason.”

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Florida Judge Gives Collision Repair Shops Deadline

A group of Florida collision repair shops have told the U.S District Court judge that they plan to amend their complaint against dozens of insurers, which alleges the insurers use their direct repair programs to illegally control and depress rates. The complaint alleges that if the shops don’t comply, customers are steered away. The judge has ordered the plaintiffs to file their motion by March 27, 2015, writing that “the motion, if granted, would moot several motions [by insurers] to dismiss that will soon be ripe for consideration.”

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Insurers Ask Court to Dismiss Amended Complaint by Collision Repair Shops

Dozens of insurers have asked the court to dismiss an amended complaint by a group of Florida collision repair shops that allege the insurers use their direct repair programs to illegally control and depress rates. The complaint alleges that if the shops don’t comply, customers are steered away. The collision repair shops also allege the insurers require the use of aftermarket parts, such as aftermarket replacement windshields.

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Judge Dismisses Florida Repair Shops’ Antitrust Lawsuit Against Insurers

U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell has dismissed the antitrust lawsuit filed by group of Florida collision repair shops against State Farm and dozens of other insurers, which alleged 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. “The complaint is more than 30 pages long and suffers from a host of problems,” the judge for the U.S. Middle U.S. District of Florida, Orlando division, writes in his decision to dismiss.

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Repair Shops Respond to Hartford’s Request for Dismissal of Florida Antitrust Case

Attorneys for Florida collision repair shops that sued dozens of insurers recently responded to Hartford Accident and Indemnity Co.’s request for the U.S. Middle District of Florida Court, Orlando division, to dismiss their antitrust and steering lawsuit, writing, that, “The defendants misrepresents both the contents of the complaint and quite often the holdings of authority to which it cites.” The Florida repair shops sued Hartford, State Farm and dozens of other insurers. The case has potential implications for the AGRR industry, as some automotive glass repair companies allege similar issues with third-party administrators (TPAs), which handle automotive glass claims for insurers.

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