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Allstate Gives Florida McKinsey Documents

The ongoing saga between Allstate and Florida has so far resulted in the insurer forking over the so-called McKinsey documents, which are purported to detail Allstate’s claims handling procedures. Attorney David Berardinelli and other lawyers say the materials, developed by consultant McKinsey & Co., detail Allstate’s instructions to settle claims quickly with low-ball offers. If

Supreme Court Denies Allstate Petition

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied Allstate’s petition for writ of certiorari. Most recently, Allstate filed a reply brief to the Supreme Court in regard to the Texas statute prohibiting insurance companies from owning collision repair shops. This reply brief followed the Automotive Service Association’s (ASA’s) response and Allstate’s appeal after the U.S. Court of

Fox Files Chapter 11

Fox Collision Center and Fox Real Estate filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wichita, Kan., in January, according to The Wichita Eagle. In a statement through his bankruptcy lawyer, owner Todd Fox claimed assets and liabilities between $1 million and $10 million. Fox also blamed M&I Bank for freezing the

NABC Extends Membership Discount to SCRS Members

The National Auto Body Council (NABC) is providing members of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) with a 20 percent discount on Individual ($100) and Prestige Level/Shop ($250) memberships. NABC undertakes initiatives that have helped foster a positive image of the collision repair industry, including its Recycled Rides program, a nationwide awareness project in

Oklahoma Re-Introduces Right to Repair Legislation

The Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act (H.B. 2820) was re-introduced in the Oklahoma State Legislature by Rep. Daniel Sullivan (R) on Jan. 18. Although the bill introduced last year by Rep. Lucky Lemons (D) did not receive consideration, it was the subject of a favorable interim hearing that was held by the legislature

JMAC Radiator and Air Acquired

1-800-Radiator announced the purchase of air conditioning distributor JMAC Radiator and Air, a $13 million company with 18 locations over two-thirds of the country. 1-800-Radiator will approach the air conditioning market the same way it has the radiator market. Assets include nearly 90 percent of JMAC’s staff, including Ryan McKenna, general manager of Nationwide Sales.

Assured Performance Announces 2008 Board of Directors

Assured Performance Cooperative (Co-Op), the largest network of independently owned shops in the world, today announced their 2008 Board of Directors. The members of the co-op voted last week to approve the slate of candidates for the Board.  In accordance with the co-op bylaws, the Board of Directors is exclusively body shops owners representing over

ALLDATA Signs National Agreement With Fix Auto

ALLDATA LLC has announced its recent National Account Agreement with Fix Auto, a network of independent auto body repair centers with more than 135 U.S. facilities. Fix Auto body repair centers will now be able to access manufacturers’ collision repair information through ALLDATA Collision.

DEG Announces 2008 Sponsors

Several key industry players are now sponsoring the Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) project for 2008. CARSTAR Franchise Systems and ABRA Auto Body & Glass are Platinum sponsors, the highest level of sponsorship. Gold sponsors are Auto Body Hawaii, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) and the Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association

California Bill Would Prohibit Aftermarket Parts on Factory-Warranty Vehicles

California State Sen. Carole Migden, D-San Francisco, introduced legislation (S.B. 1059) on Jan. 7 that would prohibit an insurance company from requiring that an aftermarket part be used in the repair of a vehicle that is under factory warranty. Insurance companies could be fined $5,000 to $10,000 per violation. According to the Collision Repair Association

Allstate Insurance Company Files Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

Allstate Insurance Company has filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in regard to the Texas statute prohibiting insurance companies from owning collision repair shops. The Automotive Service Association (ASA) also has filed a response. The appeal comes after the U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, New Orleans, affirmed the District Court ruling in

New Jersey Again Considers Right to Repair

The New Jersey General Assembly recently reintroduced the so-called “Right to Repair” bill after the 2007 session ended without its consideration. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) and the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers (AIAM) are against Assembly Bill 803. New Jersey had joined Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York and