Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming
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.
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.
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.
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.
The bill would have required insurers to spell out the use of aftermarket parts in insurance policies written on vehicles three-years-old or less, but it did not make it off the CA Senate floor last week. The bill was approved to be heard before the Senate adjourned at the end of this month---however, it was not brought up again, killing it for this legislative session.
A class action lawsuit (Case #CV08-03184), was filed today in United States Federal Court, Central District, alleging that State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is enriching itself with payments rightfully belonging to its insureds in violation of California law, particularly the "Make Whole Rule."