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  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Obama administration has announced its latest plan for the automotive industry’s restructuring. Included in the proposal is the New Warrantee Commitment Program, which ensures that consumers of new
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  • Falling vehicle cash values and rising repair costs have caused an increase in total losses over the past few years, and many repair shops are starting to feel the pinch.
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  • The California Autobody Association is warning repairers that there are several software programs that generate a paint materials charge that may be based on the shop’s average cost instead of the shop’s selling price. Some insurers may t
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  • The Wisconsin Assembly is considering a bill that would expand anti-steering laws from the purchase of automobile glass to all types of automobile repair.
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  • Representatives in the North Carolina House of Representatives introduced House Bill 1285, the Motor Vehicle Repair Shops and Collision Repairs Licensure Act.
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  • The introduction of recent "Cash for Clunkers" legislation has left some in the aftermarket questioning the rationale behind the early retirement of vehicles and the long-term ramifications this will have on the marketplace.
  • A jury awarded $1.2 million to the owners of a former auto body shop in Dover, N.J., who lost their land and business after it was condemned by the state.
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  • The Nevada State Assembly is considering Senate Bill 360, the Salvaged Vehicles Act, which changes provisions governing the sale and title of salvage vehicles. The Nevada Senate passed S.B. 360 earlier this year and if the Assembly amends the bill, i
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  • WASHINGTON D.C. - Automotive Service Association (ASA) Collision Division members who participate in ASA’s Capitol Hill Fly-In July 28-29 in Washington, D.C. will have the opportunity to voice their opinions on two important is
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  • The U.S. House of Representatives approved a fleet modernization bill, known as Cash for Clunkers, June 9 in a 298-119 vote. It is intended to stimulate vehicle sales by providing cash vouchers to buyers who trade in their older, gas-guzzling vehicle
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  • The Collision Repair Association of California (CRA) criticized AB 1200 (Hayashi, D-Hayward), which would give insurers more opportunity to steer customers to their direct repair shops.
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  • WASHINGTON D.C. - The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services recently held a hearing to review “Regulatory Restructuring: Enhancing Consumer Financial Products Regulation.”
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  • The California State Senate unanimously approved a bill that would add to the "Consumer Bill of Rights" the right of a claimant to obtain an estimate of repairs independent of the insurer. Assembly Bill 1179, legislation requested by the Collision Re
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  • Unity among collision repairers could make the industry better for everyone: customers, shops and even insurers. Can this ever happen?
    James E. Guyette
  • Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog is urging Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) to amend her proposal (AB 1200) that will undo a current California law prohibiting insurance companies from steering customers to auto body shops under contract with t
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  • The author of California Assembly Bill 1200 (AB 1200), a bill that would make it easier for insurers to steer customers, will chair a legislative hearing on auto body repair fraud at 2 p.m. Aug. 25 in room 126 of the State Capitol in Sacramento. The
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  • The California Assembly approved AB 1200 42-19 on Sept. 9 and the insurer-backed bill now goes to the Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for his review. The Collision Repair Association of California will ask him to veto the measure because it will hurt inde
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  • The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) told California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that a survey released in September by the California Autobody Association (CAA) is based on faulty data and that its assertion that CAPA-certified auto body
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  • The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted 20-9 in favor of H.R. 3596, the Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Act, which would partially repeal the McCarran-Ferguson Act. The House leadership has not scheduled consideration for the
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  • The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 3962, the “Affordable Health Care for America Act” in a vote of 220-215. H.R. 3962 contains a provision that repeals the antitrust exemption in the McCarran-Ferguson Act for health insurer
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