Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's final settlement in April with two auto insurers will result in estimated refunds of more than $700,000 to Texas policyholders who paid more on their claims for auto repairs than their policies required. 

Tuesday, 31 January 2006 17:00

Right to Repair Act moves forward

The Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act, H.R. 2735, has reached a landmark number of 106 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE). The Right to Repair Act was introduced in the House July 15, 2003, by Representatives. Joe Barton (R-TX) and Edolphus Towns (D-NY) and in the U.S. Senate on February 26, 2004, by Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-SC). The Senate bill, S. 2138, has 10 co-sponsors in the Senate. 

A California state court lawsuit for alleged price-fixing by paint companies in the automotive refinishing market has taken a big step forward. Superior Court Judge Ronald Sabraw on June 17 granted a motion certifying the case as a class action. The step is important because individual named plaintiffs, namely small body shops, would have been unable to prosecute an expensive price-fixing case against large corporate defendants such as DuPont and PPG. 

Wednesday, 30 June 2004 17:00

Labor Department issues new overtime rules

U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao announced in April the final regulations governing overtime eligibility for "white-collar" workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The regulations had not been substantially updated for over 50 years, creating confusion for workers and employers, generating wasteful class action litigation, and failing to effectively protect workers' pay rights, according to the Department of Labor. 

Due to a reduction in severity of claims, the Automobile Club of Southern California (Auto Club) has said it is reducing its rates. Insurer USAA made a similar announcement that applies to all 50 states. 

Automaker efforts to limit repairs of some of their vehicles to shops that participate in the OEM's shop certification program drew some fire from attendees at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC).