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In October a contributor sent a check for $2,500.00 to the recently founded Collision Industry Legal Fund. The Collision Industry Fund was recently established to provide financial assistance to Gunder’s Auto Center in Lakeland, Florida who has been involved in a long-lawsuit against State Farm Insurance over issues of Slander and Tortious interference, as well as State Farm’s wrongful failure to pay for certain repair procedures.

Gunder’s lawsuit against the auto Insurer stems from derogatory comments and wrongful activities on the part of State Farm representatives. The statements and actions are believed to have been made with the intent to harm the collision shop’s business and long- standing reputation within their community.

Thursday, 21 October 2010 09:11

14th Annual GCIA Golf Invitational a Success

The Georgia Collision Industry Association held its 14th annual GCIA Invitational Golf Tournament at the Golf Club at Bradshaw Farms in Woodstock, Georgia on October 13th.

The event was quite a success, filling to capacity as it has for many years in the past according to Howard Batchelor, Tournament Coordinator. Registration started at 11:30 am with lunch at noon and Tee Off at 1:00 pm.

Safelite AutoGlass® celebrated the official opening of its newest vehicle glass distribution center. The 357,000 sq. ft. facility in Braselton, Ga., will process 3 million units of glass in 2011. Safelite AutoGlass® will have a significant impact on the town of just over 2,000, bringing 77 immediate jobs to the area, with an eventual 120 person workforce anticipated.

"Being able to provide employment opportunities for the residents of the Braselton area and aid in the overall economic health of the Jackson County area is something we’re very excited about,” said Tom Feeney, president and CEO of Safelite®.

A lunch meeting in mid-October  launched a new program for Central Florida collision repairers and local businesses to work together in securing and reconditioning four or more vehicles to bestow upon local families in need of a hand-up.

The intent is to have the vehicles ready and the recipients selected in time for this coming Christmas.

Uninsured and underinsured drivers are a real problem in Georgia and many other states, says the McAleer Law Firm through an attorney spokesperson. The firm has issued the following press release:

While it is true that all drivers are required by law to have liability insurance it is abundantly clear that many have no insurance at all. Some estimates state that nearly 50 percent of drivers are uninsured. Additionally, many that do have insurance only have the minimum coverage limits of $25,000 so that they can "drive legal for less". If a driver with such low coverage limits were to cause an accident with injuries, this minimum coverage will barely cover a brief hospital stay.

As a practicing lawyer in Atlanta for the past 14 years, I have counseled numerous clients who have been in the unfortunate position to have been injured by someone who has minimum or no insurance coverage. Although these clients had insurance on their cars, the other drivers did not and these clients were then left holding the bag.

Investigators said the five suspects were caught on camera taking money from an informant from a Hialeah body shop.

According to Hialeah Police, three of the suspects are Allstate adjusters and the other two work for State Farm.

Authorities said these men would help tamper and further damage cars and write up more expensive claims. Then, the suspects would allegedly split the money amongst themselves. "They, in many ways, betrayed their employers, betrayed the colleagues they worked with, they betrayed the people for whom they were filing these claims for and then of course ultimately all of us-- you the consumer," said Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle.