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Working together, the Consumer Protection Coalition (CPC) and National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) have released two new video public service announcements (PSAs) warning consumers about Assignment of Benefits (AOB) auto glass fraud and abuse. Available in English and Spanish, the … Continue reading
City Auto Glass (CAG) has a strong reputation spanning across several states, including Minnesota, western Wisconsin, northern Iowa, and most recently, mobile locations in central and southern Florida. Two of the company’s representatives share insight on future company expansion, mobile … Continue reading
The men and women who have served or are serving in the military are recognized for their sacrifice and hard work. This year, K&K Glass, which has several locations in Florida, tried something new and has put up a Veterans’ … Continue reading
The state of Florida has introduced assignment of benefit (AOB) legislation for the second time after it was defeated in the Senate Banking and Insurance Subcommittee last year on a split 4-4 vote. The proposed legislation, also known as S312 … Continue reading
Florida’s Senate Banking and Insurance committee meeting ended in a split four-to-four vote on proposed legislation that proponents claimed would help decrease alleged auto glass repair and replacement fraud. The bill, discussed in yesterday’s meeting, sought to prohibit auto glass … Continue reading
The Boyd Group Inc. (the Boyd Group) announced the opening of a collision repair center in Daytona Beach, Fla. The location previously housed a dealership collision repair center before closing in 2017. “The opening of this location enhances our established … Continue reading
Hurricane Dorian is expected to impact portions of the Bahamas and several areas, including West Palm Beach, in Florida, as early as tomorrow, according to NBC News. Many auto glass shops in the area have started preparing, with one offering … Continue reading
Novus Glass (Novus) announced its new franchisees, Paige and Trey Solms. Opening the first location in the Daytona, Fla., area, the Solms will service Volusia, Flagler and the City of Palm Coast. For a former U.S. active Army serviceman, graduate … Continue reading
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
Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis recently signed an assignment of benefits (AOB) reform bill into law. The legislation, also referred to as H7065, originally included auto glass but after going through several revisions both the Senate and the House excluded the … Continue reading
First Acceptance Insurance Co. (FAI) is headed to a Florida courtroom following a filed class action lawsuit from one of its policy holders. Derrick McGowan alleges AI “systematically underpaid thousands of its insureds by not paying for state and local … Continue reading
Allstate’s lawsuit against Auto Glass America LLC of Florida (AGA) and its owner, Charles Isaly continues, over AGA allegedly pressuring Allstate’s insureds to choose their company for windshield replacements. AGA and Isaly have responded to the insurance company’s motion to … Continue reading
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
The Florida House of Representatives has excluded vehicle windshields from a recent bill concerning assignment of benefits (AOB). The bill, also known as HB 7065 was initially introduced in mid-March of this year. According to News 4 Jacksonville, the bill … Continue reading
The legal battle between Allstate, Auto Glass America LLC of Florida (AGA) and its owner, Charles Isaly continues, as the insurance company has filed a response to the motion to dismiss that was filed by the auto glass company and … Continue reading
Last month Florida House members introduced a bill, known as HB 323. One its primary goals was to prevent auto glass shops in the state from “offering anything of value” to their customers in exchange for making claims for their … Continue reading
As many in the industry know – running a business isn’t easy, but it gets even more complicated when an unexpected fire puts all of your work on hold. This has been the unfortunate reality for one auto glass family … Continue reading
A new bill has been introduced in Florida, and if it passes there could be changes ahead for auto repair shops in the state. The new bill was introduced in the House and is also referred to as HB 323. … Continue reading
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
Hurricanes are best known for the damage it leaves behind. High winds can move large bodies of water which can create storm surges, flooding and tsunami like conditions across the country. And some states are left with numerous destroyed vehicles … Continue reading
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
CARCO is adding windshield damage inspection addition at its Florida Site Network. The goal is to identify and prevent fraudulent windshield damage claims from being filed with insurance companies. The new addition aims to help both insured Floridians and insurance … Continue reading
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
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
Let’s take a sneak peek at the gorgeous West Palm Beach, Fla., area—the location of Auto Glass Week™ 2017. Plan now to attend the event which will be held October 4-6, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center and Hilton West Palm Beach.
The Boyd Group, parent company to Gerber Collision & Glass and Glass America, has opened a collision repair center in Sebastian, Fla. The center previously operated as Riverside Auto Body and is located on Florida’s Route 1 East Coast highway.
Google and GoDaddy.com have been pulled into an antitrust litigation in Florida which could have implications on the AGRR industry. The U.S. Federal District judge overseeing the case has ordered the companies to preserve records that may come into evidence.
A U.S. District Court judge in the Middle District of Florida, Orlando division, has upheld the report of a magistrate judge who recommended many of the antitrust complaints by collision repair companies throughout the country against dozens of insurers be dismissed. However, he gave leave for attorneys to file amended complaints. Collision repair shops from 12 Federal District Courts had alleged “steering and price fixing” by dozens of insurers. The cases are consolidated before a Florida U.S. District Court judge.
A U.S. District judge in Florida recommends many of the antitrust complaints by collision repair companies throughout the country against dozens of insurers be dismissed without prejudice, meaning attorneys for the repair shops can file amended complaints. Collision repair shops from 12 Federal District Courts allege “steering and price fixing” by dozens of insurers. The cases are consolidated before a Florida U.S. District Court judge.
“Aftermarket Windshield Glass Poses Safety Risk,” Florida Collision Repair Shops Allege in Amended Complaint
A group of Florida collision repair shops have filed a third-amended complaint against State Farm and dozens of other insurers, alleging the insurers use their direct repair programs to illegally control and depress rates and they say if the shops don’t comply, customers are steered away. “With occasional exceptions, defendant insurers write estimates requiring use of aftermarket [such as aftermarket replacement windshields] or salvage parts. Aftermarket and salvage parts are, ostensibly, less expensive than OEM parts and, at least according to defendant insurers, of equal quality to OEM parts. This is simply not true,” attorneys for the collision repair shops allege in the complaint.
A U.S. District judge in Florida has dismissed much of the antitrust lawsuit filed by group of Florida collision repair shops against State Farm and dozens of other insurers without prejudice, meaning attorneys for the repair shops can file an amended complaint. The shops allege 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 judge says more “evidence” is needed to support the allegations.