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A man is facing aggravated battery charges after dispute over a collision repair bill escalated into violence.
Freddy Saladriga, 45, was taken into police custody Jan. 14 after being treated for a gunshot wound as a result of the altercation at All Florida Collision near Bird Road and S.W. 71 Street.
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Michael Bradshaw, VP of Operations of K & M Collision in Hickory, NC, has filed 6 lawsuits against several insurance companies on behalf of his customers, according to Billy Walkowiak, at CollisionSafety.
The named defendants in the lawsuits are insurance companies Nationwide (3), GEICO (2) and Allstate (1). The lawsuits include claims for Breach of Contract, Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices and Bad Faith. The amounts sought for recovery in the lawsuits range from $1,178.77 to $5,749.64.
Florida collision repairers, suppliers and vendors came together in Lakeland, FL, on November 20 to discuss State Farm’s controversial PartsTrader program and identify solutions to combat “short-pays” in the industry. Ray Gunder, owner of Gunder’s Auto Center, filed an injunction against PartsTrader at the Polk County Courthouse on Nov. 20 on behalf of other Florida collision repairers with assistance from attorneys John Eaves, Jr. and Brent Geohagan. Florida follows Mississippi as the second state to file such an injunction.
Cargo Transporters Inc. in Claremont, NC is expanding into the Charlotte market and is expected to create 50 jobs and invest $28 million. The trucking terminal in Charlotte will open in early January, according to a release from the company.
“We are growing our presence in other markets where we have a growing customer base,” said John Pope, chairman of the company. “In the past, all operations were centrally controlled in Claremont, but this will allow us to manage assets and professional drivers outside Catawba County.”
The company plans to hire at least 50 professional drivers in the next 10 months. It plans to put 20 trucks there immediately, as well as some staff. The $23 million investment the company plans includes about 165 new trucks and 200 trailers in the next 10 months, Pope said. Most of the replacements will be for older equipment but a portion will be for growth, he said.
The investment will make the company’s trucks some of the most environmentally friendly and technically advanced fleets in the southeast, the press release said.
Back in May 2012, 18 shops in the Birmingham, AL, area stunned the collision repair industry by voluntarily terminating their Select Service agreements with State Farm after the insurer required the PartsTrader electronic parts procurement program in their market. Now, more than a year later, some of the shops indicates that most are faring better than other collision repairers may have thought.
A federal judge has denied Progressive’s motion to dismiss Price’s Collision Center’s tortious interference with a business relationship and breach of contract claims, which challenge improper insurance company steering and underpayment of claims.
NC’s Sandhills Community College Students Help in Restoring ‘Annabelle’, Pinehurst’s 1937 Fire EngineWritten by Sandhills Community College
In March 2010, Jamie Boles and his son Glenn went to the Rowan County town of Landis in order to meet with a collector of antique fire and ambulance equipment. The collector had purchased an old firetruck in 1981 from an antiques dealer in Carthage, who had purchased it from a farmer who used it to water his crops. Sure enough, the firetruck was the very same one the village of Pinehurst purchased in 1937 from the Seagrave Company of Columbus, Ohio. They had found “Annabelle.”
Florida state officials announced that United Services Automobile Association (USAA) will expand its presence in Hillsborough County, creating up to 1,215 new jobs and $164.3 million in capital investment by 2019.
A federal judge has denied Progressive's motion to dismiss Price’s Collision Center’s tortious interference with a business relationship and breach of contract claims, which challenge improper insurance company steering and underpayment of claims.
AutoTown Insurance, an independent agency based in Norcross, Georgia, announced its acquisition of Fling Insurance Agency in Lagrange, Georgia.
AutoTown said the acquisition highlights the firm’s expansion plans outside of the metro Atlanta market. AutoTown said the acquisition of Fling Insurance, located in western Georgia, would also help the agency expand to other markets including Alabama.
Founded in 1970, AutoTown Insurance offers a wide range of personal and business insurance. It operates retail stores in Georgia and South Carolina under the AutoTown Insurance brand name.