News: N.H. Body Shop Owner Bests State Farm in High Court
Lawsuit was filed on behalf of Gunder’s customer due to Progressive’s alleged failure to pay for the reasonable and necessary costs to repair the customer’s vehicle.
The Honorable Judge Susan B. Flood of the County Court of the Tenth Judicial Circuit in and for Polk County has denied Progressive’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Ray Gunder of Gunder’s Auto Center acting on behalf of his customer and strike claim for attorney’s fees. Furthermore, the court denied Progressive’s motion and defeated the insurer’s efforts to invoke the appraisal clause as provided for in their policy contract.
Gunder’s Auto Center’s customer executed a Durable Limited Power of Attorney, allowing Gunder to stand in his shoes for this litigation. Gunder’s filed the suit due to Progressive’s alleged failure to pay for the reasonable and necessary costs to perform repairs to Gunder’s customer’s damaged vehicle.
“Progressive tried hard to keep our legal action from going forward by invoking their bogus ‘appraisal clause’ and motion for dismissal,” said Gunder. “I sat in that courtroom and watched our brilliant attorney, Brent Geohagan, destroy Progressive’s legal counsel’s arguments and offer the judge reasoning as to why our position was correct. The judge agreed and rendered her decision in favor of our customer.
“This ruling is huge as it allows us to proceed with the multiple lawsuits we currently have in process on behalf of other customers who have been shortchanged by this insurer as well as other insurers who have underpaid their policyholders.”
These other lawsuits seek full payment of the underpayments, plus costs, expenses, attorney fees, prejudgment and post-judgment interest.