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 Sen. Patrick Leahy, (D-Vt.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, has introduced the Insurance Industry Competition Act. This legislation would remove the federal antitrust exemption from the insurance industry. Currently, the McCarran-Ferguson Act protects the insurance industry from federal antitrust laws.

  Sen. Arlen Specter, (R-Pa.), Senate Judiciary ranking member, joined Leahy in introducing Senate Bill 618 – as did Sen. Harry Reid, (D-Nev.), Senate majority leader, and Sen. Trent Lott, (R-Miss.), Senate Republican whip.

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 A vehicle hits the Institute of Highway Safety bumper barrier. The results of the new crash tests reveal most car bumpers don't work in low speed crashes.

 Most bumpers on midsize cars do little to resist damage in the kinds of low-speed collisions that are common in commuter traffic and parking lots. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released the first results of new tests that assess how well bumpers protect vehicles from expensive damage in everyday fender-benders.
Thursday, 05 April 2007 14:31

Akzo Nobel supports WIN as diamond sponsor

 Akzo Nobel will be the sole Diamond Sponsor for the Women’s Industry Network (WIN). The first association of its type for the collision industry, WIN will champion causes geared toward mentoring and networking women, a largely untapped employment resource for the collision industry. 
 Hyundai Motor Company named Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes as their first globally approved aftermarket supplier. The companies will merge competencies to develop the “Hyundai Dealership Global Body and Paint Strategy.”
 Sometimes the best way to look forward is to spend a few minutes looking back.
 That’s a concept that came to mind recently looking through a file of industry-related notes and articles from 15 years ago. What can the industry today learn from the ideas and topics being discussed then? What has changed – for better or worse – and are there areas in which virtually no progress has been made? And what should we be doing differently now to ensure we’re not just treading water 15 years from now in 2022?
Thursday, 05 April 2007 13:55

California faces stricter VOC regulations

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  BASF's Dave Brez speaks with one of the 300 invited guests at a March 28 panel discussion on changing VOC regulations in CA. Stricter regulations have been imposed by The California Air Resources Board to reduce the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released into the environment. This means a shift towards the use of waterborne paints to enable body shops to be in compliance.