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    The Collision Repair Association of California (CRA) has presented state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner with a six-point plan to protect consumers and restore fairness to the business of collision repair. The plan, detailed in a letter sent April 12, is in response to CRA’s March meeting with the Commissioner where he asked the association for solutions to reduce the friction between insurers and repairers.

  The CAA is requesting that the Department of Insurance aggressively enforce Insurance Code section 758 B (2) (c) that prohibits insurers from steering after the consumer has chosen a repair shop. The Department has previously indicated that an arbitrary cap by insurers is illegal. The CAA is asking the department to address and resolve this issue as soon as possible. The insurance code reads as follows:

 The U.S. Senate has passed the Minimum Wage Increase Act of 2007 by a vote of 94-3. This marks the first time the minimum wage has been voted an increase in 10 years. The legislation would increase the federal minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $7.25 per hour over the next two years.
Thursday, 05 April 2007 16:06

50 000th I CAR point awarded in Texas

 Five years after admitting its first school into membership, the I-CAR Industry Training Alliance awarded its 50,000th I-CAR point to a student at a career and technical school or college.
 State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company announced in April it will pay $1.25 billion in dividends to its mutual auto insurance policyholders in 46 states, the District of Columbia and the Canadian province of New Brunswick.
 The ninth and last defendant in a staged auto accident insurance fraud ring was convicted of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity in Dallas County District Court on February 27. Jerry Lockhart was found guilty by the court and placed on five years probation and ordered to pay $57,239.70 restitution to the victims’ insurance companies. Lockhart was involved in what may be one of the largest staged accident rings prosecuted in Dallas County.