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Monday, 11 March 2019 16:46

Court Junks Body Shops' Antitrust Claims Against State Farm, Other Carriers

Written by Greg Land,



The plaintiffs’ appeal was argued by former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, now in private practice in Salt Lake City, and John Eaves of John Arthur Eaves Law Offices in Jackson, MS.


3 Remaining Cases Pending


Shurtleff said he was disappointed with the ruling but still had hope that three remaining cases that have been combined with amended complaints and are pending will bring some relief to the repair shop owners.


“He did dismiss the amended complaints, but he put them on hold until the Eleventh Circuit ruled in this one,” Shurtleff said. “We’ve been dealing with this since 2014, and I know how harshly these clients of ours are being treated. It’s a daily struggle for them, but we’re not giving up.”


Arguing for the insurers on appeal were Alston & Bird partner Michael Kenny for State Farm, Dentons partner Rick Fenton for Allstate and Daniel Goldfine of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie for GEICO.


In response to queries, a State Farm spokesman said only that the insurer was pleased with the ruling.


Reprinted with permission from the March 7, 2019 issue of ©2019, ALM Media Properties, LLC. Further duplication without permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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