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Thursday, 20 August 2020 19:32

Judge Dismisses Arizona AOB Fraud Lawsuit

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Brnovich approved the stipulation for dismissal in the suit between Government Employees Insurance Co., GEICO Indemnity Co., GEICO General Insurance Company and GEICO Casualty Co. (collectively GEICO) and defendants Auto Glass Express (AGE) and its owners and managers, Danielle Dean and Saxton Lafasto, for an alleged fraudulent scheme.

On Aug. 14, a deserving Houston recipient experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of a vehicle to provide her independence and the ability to work and take care of her family---thanks to the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® program, along with car donor Allstate and vehicle repair partner Joe Myers Collision, a Berkshire Hathaway Automotive company.

Two major auto insurers have been approved for rate decreases for private passenger policies in Louisiana, state Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon said Aug. 17.

A Fort Gibson, OK, woman was charged Aug. 13 with embezzling more than $200,000 from a Muskogee, OK, business over a period of about seven years.

Construction begins in Queen Creek on a $5.8 million dual tenant building for Gerber Collision & Glass, one of the largest collision shop consolidators in North America, and privately-held Enterprise Holdings, known publicly as Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

A New Orleans man who prosecutors claim was the ringleader in a scheme to stage car crashes with large trucks in an effort to defraud insurance and trucking companies has pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy.