Legal Archives - Page 2 of 14 - BodyShop Business
Why Can’t We Get Paid Mechanical Rates for Mechanical Operations?

What can we as technicians do to get paid for mechanical operations included in body operations? We seem to be at the mercy of collision programs influenced by insurance companies.

Scanning for Proper Collision Repair Planning

Scanning is one of the hottest topics in the collision repair industry today. I believe the best way to approach this subject is not from a repairer’s perspective but a post-repair inspector’s.

State Farm Pays $250 Million to Settle Lawsuit Alleging it Bankrolled Illinois Judge’s Campaign

The Hale vs. State Farm class-action lawsuit alleged that State Farm violated federal law by improperly influencing Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier’s decision to overturn a $1 billion Avery vs. State Farm judgment over the use of aftermarket parts. 

State Farm Florida Asks Judge to Block Disclosure of Assignment of Benefits Info

A story out of Property Casualty 360 indicates that State Farm Florida Insurance Co. is asking a judge to block disclosure of detailed company information related to “assignment of benefits,” an insurance practice that many collision repair facilities have used to recover money that insurers shorted them on repairs.

Ohio Appeals Court Upholds Judgment Against Auto Body Shop in Diminished Value Case

Evidence at trial showed that Sharon Woods Collision Center violated Nissan’s repair recommendations by using structural bonding adhesive to attach panels to Jeremy Williams’ 2010 Nissan Maxima.

Illinois Auto Body Shop Files Class-Action Against State Farm

The Madison-St. Clair Record reported that Classic Auto Body of Swansea, Ill., has filed a class-action lawsuit against State Farm for steering and telling their customers they do substandard work.

Do Auto Body Shops Work for Consumers or Insurance Companies? – Part II

It’s important to understand the insurer’s limited role in the big picture of auto claims in order to fully know just who it is that collision repairers work for.

Do Auto Body Shops Work for Consumers or Insurance Companies?

Repairers often believe they’re repairing a consumer’s vehicle but being paid by the insurer. This mentality is not only wrong but can be extremely harmful – not only to the repairer, but also to the vehicle owner and the collision repair industry at-large.

North State Custom, Mercedes-Benz of Goldens Bridge Settle Second Lawsuit

It looks like the legal spat between a New York body shop and a Mercedes-Benz dealership might be over.

State Farm Racketeering Case: Court Sets Trial Dates, Approves Notification Plan

A jury trial is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Sept. 4 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, with Judge David Herndon presiding.

Long Island Auto Body Shop Pays $306,000 in Back Wages After Labor Department Investigation

The collision repair shop made the payments to resolve violations of the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to the Labor Department.

Protecting Your Auto Body Shop from Liability

There are numerous things a repairer should do to protect themselves, their company and their employees … as well as their customers.