On Sept. 4, the collision repair industry was astonished to learn that State Farm was granted preliminary approval of a $250 million settlement in lieu of facing trial in a federal class action lawsuit (Hale et. al. v. State Farm et. al.) in which the nation’s largest insurance company was accused of rigging the Illinois justice system to overturn the 1999 Avery et. al v. State Farm aftermarket parts case, which held a verdict of over $1 billion.
On July 17 and July 19, AASP/NJ hosted two trainings held at the Holiday Inn in Totowa and the Clarion Hotel in Toms River, NJ, respectively.
In June, at the suggestion of the Auto Damage Appraiser Licensing Board (ADALB), AASP/MA sent a request to association members urging them and other collision repair industry professionals in Massachusetts to be vigilant in the fight against the use of damaged recycled parts and insurance-specified parts that are older than the vehicle being repaired.
On June 14, ASA-CT hosted its 8th Annual Golf Outing at the Lyman Orchards Golf Club in Middlefield, CT, attracting more than 80 golfers.
On June 25, during the first presentation of AASP/NJ’s new educational series, AASP/NJ President Jerry McNee and QLC, Inc.’s John Niechwiadowicz discussed “Open Your Eyes… and You Will Become a Game Changer” at McNee’s Ultimate Collision in Edison, NJ.
The Auto Body Craftsmen’s Guild (ABCG) met at K and E Auto Body and Collision Center in Richmond Hill, NY, on June 12 for its monthly meeting. Members of the Long Island Auto Body Repairmen’s Association (LIABRA) were also in attendance.
On June 19, the Long Island Auto Body Repairmen’s Association (LIABRA) held its General Meeting at Greg and Bill’s Autobody, a long-time supporter of the association, in Medford, NY.
Continuing to educate its members following the NORTHEAST 2018 trade show, AASP/NJ is offering a round of training seminars this year that will feature some of the industry’s most important topics and a chance to learn more about the concerns most likely to impact attendees' businesses.
On May 29, AASP/MA announced its recent decision to have Evangelos “Lucky” Papageorg take over the role of executive director for the association.
On April 17, the Long Island Auto Body Repairmen’s Association (LIABRA) and the Auto Body Craftsmen’s Guild (ABCG) met at the Marriott in Melville, NY, for a GM training session on repairing hybrid electric vehicles.
On March 13, the Auto Body Association of Connecticut (ABAC) held a meeting for members at the Chowder Pot Restaurant.