At the recommendation of the Honorable Judge Gregory A. Presnell, United States District Judge for the U.S. Court for the Middle District in Florida, the attorneys representing dozens of Florida collision repairers have re-filed an amended complaint seeking their day in court in front of a jury of their peers.
As announced previously (Florida Judge Denies Insurers’ Request to Dismiss Body Shops’ Lawsuit), the judge had denied the defendant insurers’ efforts to dismiss the repairers’ lawsuits and allowed the plaintiff repairers to amend their complaint to provide more detailed information relative to the specific actions by each insurer and specifying the related damages which led to the multi-litigation lawsuit by 20-plus Florida auto body repair shops against 39 insurers.
The requested changes and clarifications were made and the modified complaint was re-filed to comply with the judge’s recommendations.
“We’re excited to have this interruption behind us,” said Ray Gunder of Gunder’s Auto Center, one of the plaintiff repairers represented in the lawsuit. “In reading the complaint, everyone in this industry knows it to be the truth. I am looking forward to bringing the issues to a jury and exposing the insurer’s egregious practices and ending the suppression that has been so harmful to our industry and to the consumers we serve. All repairers want is to serve our customers in an unencumbered manner and to see our employees earn a fair wage for their efforts."