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Florida Insurance Department Seeks Allstate Suspension

Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty announced on Feb. 19 that the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) has filed an administrative complaint on a non-emergency basis seeking to suspend the certificates of authority of the Allstate Companies to write new insurance policies in Florida. The complaint is based in part on Allstate’s failure to provide witnesses

Kansas House Debates Anti-Steering Legislation

The Kansas House of Representatives is considering an anti-steering bill that would require insurers to notify claimants that they have the right to choose a repairer of their choice. Bob Smith, president of Storm Appraisal & Management Service, has lobbied for the bill. House Bill 2653 bill states that once a vehicle owner has chosen

Virginia Governor Approves Paint Capping Bill

Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has approved a law that aims to prohibit insurers from arbitrarily capping paint and materials reimbursements. The state House and Senate had both unanimously passed bills in February, Senate Bill 697 and House Bill 1176, that defined capping as “the setting of arbitrary and unreasonable limits on what an insurer

Collision Repair Association of California Sponsors Two Bills

The Collision Repair Association of California (CRA) is sponsoring S.B. 1167 to stop insurers from driving through two holes in California’s anti-steering law. The legislation, introduced Feb. 7 by state Sen. Pat Wiggins (D-Santa Rosa), requires insurers to first determine if the claimant has selected a shop before any discussion of repairs; it prohibits insurer

Anti-Steering Legislation Advances in Washington State

The Washington House of Representatives approved Substitute House Bill 3053, which attempts to end insurer steering in auto glass repair claims. The bill is now in the Senate’s Financial Institutions & Insurance Committee. The bill would require an insurer to determine if the vehicle owner had chosen a repairer, and it would prohibit an insurer

Alabama House Introduces Anti-Steering Legislation

The Alabama House Banking and Insurance Committee is considering a bill that will outlaw insurer steering. Last month, Mac Gipson (R-Prattville) introduced House Bill 63, which “would expressly prohibit an insurer from requiring as a condition of payment of a claim that repairs be performed by a specific repair shop and would provide penalties for

South Dakota House Tables Aftermarket Crash Parts Bill

The South Dakota House Commerce Committee has tabled S.B. 103 during a House hearing. The bill, which was introduced Jan. 16 and was passed in the state Senate Jan. 25, aims to establish certification provisions regarding the use of replacement crash parts in the repair of certain cars. The legislation states that no insurer may

ASA Opposes South Dakota CAPA

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is opposing South Dakota Senate Bill 103, a measure recently introduced by state Sen. Nancy Turbak to establish certification provisions regarding the use of replacement automotive crash parts. The bill was introduced Jan. 16, passed in the state Senate Jan. 25 and moved to the South Dakota House of Representatives.

NYSACTA to Hold Lobby Day in April

The New York State Auto Collision Technicians Association (NYSACTA) will have its annual Lobby Day on Tuesday, April 8, 2008. Lobby Day entails body shop owners and managers from all over the state meeting in Albany to deliver information to Assembly members and Senators. The day often includes meetings with representatives from the New York

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

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

Rhode Island Bills Address Insurers’ Role in Repairs

The Rhode Island House Corporations Committee is considering two bills dealing with insurers’ role in repairs that were introduced in the legislature in January. The Auto Body Association of Rhode Island (ABARI) is promoting the bills, while the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) is opposing them. The Corporations Committee will consider H.B. 7144,