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Holmes Body Shop, the largest independent chain of collision repair shops in Southern California, has settled confidentially the lawsuit brought against it by DuPont for breaching a contract to buy its paint from DuPont. 

"Working Small and Effective" was the title of a class at the International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE) in Dallas, Texas in early December, but it could have been an apt theme for the event. Many wondered whether NACE would "feel the impact" (the actual theme of the show) of the five major paint companies being absent from the trade show floor. Indeed, attendance by both shops and vendors was down. (For details, see "NACE by the numbers".) 

Tuesday, 31 December 2002 17:00

Texas senator pledges to fight tied shops

A Texas state senator promised at NACE in Dallas to introduce a bill in the Texas 2003 Legislature that would prohibit an insurance company from acquiring any financial interest in a collision repair facility and require that any insurer currently owning body shops divest their interest by Sept. 1, 2006. 

A Texas appellate court's decision last month to slash a monetary award in the a major mold-related insurance claim case should have a positive effect on the state's insurance market and help quell the national mold hysteria it engendered, according to the Alliance of American Insurers (AAI). 

The Texas legislation unveiled at NACE that would prohibit an insurance company from holding or acquiring an interest in an automotive repair facility was scheduled to be introduced in Austin as early as February 4, this according to Jay Propes, a legislative consultant in Austin who is working with supporters of the bill. 

Saturday, 01 February 2003 17:00

Caliber say BAR aids lawyers in suing repairers

Caliber Collision is blaming the California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) for the rash of lawsuits that have been filed against it and thousands of other auto repair shops based on violations of BAR regulations.