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Whittier attorney John David Munoz, 42, was arrested this morning at this residence on felony auto insurance fraud charges for allegedly fabricating facts surrounding the destruction of his vehicle.

In California Second Appellate District, a shop owner’s claims of unfair business practices on the part of two major insurance companies in their labor rate surveys, have been denied on appeal, upholding an earlier court decision.

The Automotive Service Association of Arizona (ASAAZ) was founded in 1963 to help automotive shop owners statewide through resources, training, legislation and representation, networking, communication efforts and more. The ASA of Arizona is affiliated with the Bedford-Texas-based national ASA, which is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind serving automotive service professionals.

With the help of a Phoenix TV station’s consumer crew, a Phoenix photographer, Mark Lane, has obtained a reduction on a $1,300 shop storage bill  accrued while the at-fault driver’s insurer, Infinity, waited to resolve the claim with the insured. The crash occured when the insured driver ran a red light. “Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a car in the number three lane blow right through the light,” Lane said.

California Attorney General “Jerry” Brown Jr. announced on Jan. 25 a $1.8 million settlement preventing Maurice Irving Glad, owner of 22 Midas auto shops throughout California, from owning or operating an auto repair shop in the state, after the franchisee “deceptively lured” customers with cheap brake specials and then charged hundreds of dollars for unnecessary repairs.

An L.A. City Council decision to ban new auto-related business from opening in the area and force existing shops to come up to code has stoked debate about what exactly belongs in Cypress Park and adjacent Glassell Park.

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