Progressive Insurance’s legal counsel was also present for the same issue relative to a lawsuit levied against them by Paul Hawks on behalf of his customer and the insurer’s policyholder.
After hearing arguments from both State Farm’s counsel and Brent Geohagan, the judge ruled that the repairers do indeed have legal standing on behalf of customers who grant them Power of Attorney, and as such, he denied the insurer’s motions to dismiss all seven cases.
Brent Geohagan stated, “I feel strongly that the court made the correct decision and while this is but one more in a long line of victories for Ray and his customers, that is warranted and well deserved, it’s a significant victory for the entire collision repair industry in Florida and beyond … and the fight goes on and will as long as need be!”
“I was extremely proud while I sat watching and listening to Brent’s passion, preparation and expertise as he defeated each of the insurer’s arguments,” said Gunder.
“This is a huge deal, as once again, State Farm’s efforts to avoid disclosure of their internal business practices have been unsuccessful. We’re excited as to see what will be revealed in upcoming depositions and discovery,” Gunder said.