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Yohannes "John" Mesfine feels like he has been through hell and back - compliments of the California Department of Insurance (DOI) and the San Mateo County DA's office. Mesfine, owner of Mesfine Auto Body & Paint in Redwood City, California, was arrested in February 2005 and charged with insurance fraud in a sting operation run by the Department of Insurance. 

The second shoe has finally dropped in the saga of AB 303 - legislation that would allow insurance programs like Progressive's "Concierge" to "step into the shoes of the insured." Amendments have been issued by the proponents of the bill to address the complaints made during the Senate Banking, Finance and Insurance Committee hearing last year. 

California State Senator Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco) introduced last month SB 1492, groundbreaking legislation that would make the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) responsible for conducting an annual survey of body shop labor rates for the purpose of establishing prevailing rates in different parts of the state. 

The U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition of Michael E. Avery, et al in their suit against State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. After almost 10 years of dueling between Avery, et al and State Farm, the U.S. Supreme Court put an end to the national aftermarket parts class action lawsuit March 6. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued new standards to the existing standards that limit workplace exposure to hexavalent chromium. It has been determined by OSHA that the current level of hexavalent chromium that workers are exposed to puts workers at a significant health risk. 

For anyone in this industry who started out hustling sales - whether that means collision repair jobs, cans of paint or tools and equipment - pulling back from a focus on growth in gross sales can be a challenge. Increasing the top line, after all, is often a key ingredient in increasing the bottom line. More sales equals more profit, right?