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ASK BSB:Supplements and the Law

Dear BSB: Is there a federal law that requires insurance companies to write a supplement within 48 hours of receiving notice? Signed: Stymied by Supplements Dear Stymied by Supplements: No. First, there is no federal law that requires an insurer to write an estimate. (In fact, state law typically doesn’t require insurers to write estimates

California Steering Bill Signed into Law

Earlier this week, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed A.B. 1200, insurer-backed legislation that loosens restrictions on the information insurers can provide to claimants during the claims process. The bill adds the following to section 758.5 of the California Insurance Code, known as the anti-steering statute: An insurer may provide the claimant with specific truthful and nondeceptive

Federal Government Aims to End Distracted Driving

Though multitasking is a way of life in the U.S., the federal government is taking aim at a form of it that’s causing thousands of collisions – distracted driving. At the conclusion of a recent two-day summit on the issue in Washington, D.C., U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a series of actions the Obama Administration

PPG MVP Conference Attendees Fly High on Business Survival Strategies

Over 200 attendees at the PPG MVP Business Solutions Fall Conference held Sept. 13-15 in Nashville knew they were in for a treat when Jim “Murph” Murphy jumped onto the stage in a pilot’s suit. The U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and CEO of Afterburner, a corporate training company, wowed the crowd with a video

New Co-Sponsors Sign On to McCarran-Ferguson Antitrust Bill

More members of Congress recently signed on to repeal the McCarran-Ferguson act. U.S. Rep. Louise McIntosh Slaughter, D-New York, and U.S. Rep. Eric Massa, D-New York, have signed on as co-sponsors to H.R. 1583, legislation that would repeal the McCarran-Ferguson Act as it applies to property-casualty insurers. The bill now has eight co-sponsors. Since 1945,

Anti-Steering Bill Introduced in Kentucky for 2010

A bill pre-filled for the 2010 Kentucky legislative session would define "deceptive referral," also known as steering, and prohibit insurers from requiring claimants to have their vehicles repaired at specific shops. The bill also addresses labor rate issues. Specifically, the bill, filed by Sen. Gary Tapp, would: • Define “claimant,” “deceptive referral,” “request or require”

Antitrust Gets More Buzz as Legislator Now Targets Health Insurers

As Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and collision repairers take aim at property-casualty insurers by seeking a repeal of their anti-trust exemptions under the McCarran-Ferguson Act (click HERE for story), one legislator is also now striving to do the same in the health and medical malpractice world. U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)

California Repairers Launch Campaign to Veto A.B. 1200

The Collision Repair Association of California (CRA) and the California Autobody Association (CAA) are spearheading efforts to persuade Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to veto A.B. 1200, a bill that both groups feel severely weakens the state’s anti-steering code. The Assembly approved A.B. 1200 (Hayashi) 42-19 on Sept. 9. The CRA says it believes the insurance industry-supported

‘Graveyard Carz’ Brings Vehicles to Life

At body shops, cars are brought back from the dead every day, but an Oregon shop owner is banking that his spin on the process will net him his own TV show. Mark Worman, owner of Welby’s Car Care in Springfield, Ore., spent $25,000 filming a pilot episode of his show “Graveyard Carz,” which documents

A.B. 1200 Sent to Governor

The California Assembly has approved the Senate’s amendments to A.B. 1200, which would loosen restrictions on the information insurers can provide clients during the claims process, and the bill has been sent to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for his approval. The California Autobody Association (CAA), which opposes the bill because it believes it would weaken California’s

Insurer-Supported California Anti-Steering Bill Passes Senate

California A.B. 1200, which would amend state anti-steering code and loosen restrictions on information insurers can provide during the claims process, passed the Senate by a 21-17 vote on Sept. 4 after it was granted reconsideration in late August. The deadline to pass the bill before the end of California’s legislative session, however, is quickly

Repairers Gain Waterborne Education, Good Time at BSB Waterborne Conference

What better way to kick off a conference than a party? And BodyShop Business did just that Aug. 13 with a luau-themed bash held right on Lake Erie that set the tone for a fun and informative Waterborne Conference.   Over 100 collision repair industry professionals poured into Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron, Ohio, to