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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.

GRC, a Registered Environmental Assessment firm, has structured a Certified Green Investment (CGI) program to provide no-cost funding to convert from solvent based paint to waterborne paint using a shared-savings partnership arrangement between major insurance carriers, paint manufacturers and lending institutions.

Group says Bills Could Cost Taxpayers Millions For Legal Defense

Three 'anti-consumer' pieces of legislation that will raise auto insurance rates,
invade drivers' privacy and violate the voter-approved consumer protections
of Proposition 103 will be heard in the Senate Banking, Finance and
Insurance committee June 18.

Visitors won’t see a “gone fishing” sign in the window of Salvatore Sardina’s auto body shop on Freedom Boulevard. But the mural on the side of his business may tempt some to leave work early and grab a fishing pole. A 50-foot-long mural that will adorn the side of Rolf’s Airport Auto Body at Freedom and Airport boulevards will celebrate fishing on the Monterey Bay.
    Sardina received unanimous approval Tuesday night from the City Council to create this piece of public art overlooking Freedom Boulevard.

Tuesday, 10 June 2008 14:59

AZ: AAA names top repair shops

by Arizona Daily Star

AAA Arizona has released its seventh annual list of "Top Shops," a list of auto repair facilities that the automobile club has determined provide their customers with honest, reliable and quality service.

Chatsworth Company Allegedly Underreported Payroll; Pleads No Contest to Fraud

Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner announced Cover All, Inc., a 15-year old flooring and carpet installation company headquartered Chatsworth, pled no contest to one count of insurance fraud in Los Angeles County Superior Court. On June 2, 2006, the corporation was placed on five years probation and ordered to pay $6.3 million restitution to the victim, State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF).

In a final hour maneuver, CAPA and other groups behind AB 2825 (Carter) have amended an already burdensome measure and made it worse. Please read the adjoining amendments that went into the bill.

State Farm and several smaller Northwest-based auto insurers continue to be among the best at taking care of their customers after an accident. And some of the other larger, best-known insurers---including Progressive, Allstate, Safeco and Farmers Insurance -- are among the worst. That was the finding of a new survey of businesses that interact with auto insurers on behalf of vehicle-owners every day: Oregon collision repair shops.

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