Tuesday, 31 August 2004 17:00

ASA leaders lobby for Right to Repair Act

Automotive Service Association (ASA) leaders met with U.S. Rep. Chris John, D-La., to discuss the Agreement between the automakers and ASA providing service information to independent repairers. The ASA executive committee briefed Rep. John on the progress of the Agreement. 

Now that the anti-steering bill HB 2468 has passed in Arizona, what is the next step for the Arizona Collision Craftsmen's Association (ACCA)? (Autobody News, July 2004) The bill, sponsored by Fairness for Automotive Consumers (FAC), includes anti-steering provisions that protect con-sumer choice, place limitations on the claims adjuster making repair decisions thereby protecting the competitive market, and has mandatory reporting requirements with stiff penalties for violations of the bill. 

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed court-approved settlements with two auto insurers to refund more than $3.4 million to Texas policyholders who paid more out of pocket on claims for auto repairs in certain years than their policies required. 

Thursday, 30 September 2004 17:00

Insurance Fraud Task Force arrests 38 in CA sting

California authorities arrested 38 people for alleged auto insurance fraud at more than 30 auto body shops in the Sothern California cities of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. If convicted, each suspect faces up to five years in state prison and a maximum fine of $50,000. 

Thursday, 30 September 2004 17:00

Speiers wide-ranging bill attacks WC fraud, more

State Senator Jackie Speier lauded Governor Schwarzenegger for signing into law her workers compensation legislation, SB X4 2, a bill that significantly toughens California's insurance fraud statutes. 

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his support for Proposition 64, a November ballot measure whose supporters claim would stop "shakedown lawsuits."