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Saturday, 02 August 2008 09:52

BAR Chief Shares Accomplishments with CAA

A warm San Diego evening with the breeze blowing in off the water created a perfect backdrop for the California Autobody Association (AAA) San Diego Chapter meeting. Special guest BAR Chief Sherry Mehl spoke to the group – which was about 100 strong. After a buffet dinner, Mehl took to the podium and spoke about the updates and changes at the BAR before taking questions submitted by the attendees.

California's Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner announced a quarter-million dollar settlement with Mercury Insurance Group for alleged claims handling violations in late June. 

The California Assembly unanimously passed California Senate Bill 1371 - the fifth version of the bill - that prohibits insurance companies from placing caps on payouts for collision repairs. The problem for the past two years has been that lawmakers cannot agree on a definition of capping.

California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner announced that Department of Insurance investigators assisted in developing felony insurance fraud criminal complaints against Bita Imani, the owner of Redwood-city auto repair shop Group Specialists, and Mehran Baranriz, the general manager.

California State Automobile Association says it is closing all of its California call centers earlier than previously announced because it’s too expensive to do business in the state.