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  • The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers (AASP) elected its executive committee for 2011-2012 at its board of directors meeting Nov. 3 in Las Vegas.
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  • The National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) Property-Casualty Insurance Committee voted to postpone indefinitely the proposed Model Act Regarding Insurer Auto Body Steering at its annual meeting in Austin, Texas. The committee had delaye
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  • The Senate rejected two amendments last week that would have eased expense-filing requirements on small businesses. The amendments would have done away with requiring businesses to file annual expenses to vendors if the amount is more than $600. The
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  • A New York jury found Greg Coccaro, owner of North State Custom in Westchester, N.Y., not guilty of fraud Dec. 15, ending a 5.5-year legal struggle that cost Coccaro an estimated $600,000. Progressive Insurance sued him for fraud over repairs he made
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  • Montana House Bill 1530 was recently proposed in pre-filed draft form. The bill outlines rules regarding estimates for collision repairs.
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  • U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, has introduced H.R. 164 directing the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administrat
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  • U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced a final rule aimed at decreasing occupant ejections in passenger vehicles. The new U.S. Department of Transportation standard, which will help reduce the number of people partially or completely
  • Mississippi House Bill 151, which would have repealed the Mississippi annual safety inspection of motor vehicles program, has died in committee. The bill was introduced by state Rep. Steve Horne, R-81. The Automotive Service Association (ASA) had pre
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  • An appeals court has struck down a Chicago law professor's suit against GEICO that accused the insurance company of deliberately omitting repairs from its estimates.
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  • The Automotive Service Association (ASA) and the Society of Collision Repair Specialists joined a coalition of automotive associations to oppose the National Conference of Insurance Legislators' (NCOIL) Model Act for Motor Vehicle Crash Parts and Rep
  • At the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) spring meeting March 6 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the Property and Casualty Insurance Committee voted against the proposed Model Act Regarding Motor Vehicle Crash Parts and Repair.
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  • A bill that would make the Pennsylvania insurance commissioner an elected rather than appointed position was introduced in the state's House of Representatives.
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  • Stroud's Auto Rebuild, a Tacoma, Wash., collision repair facility prevailed in an arbitration proceeding against Safeco Insurance Co. on a claim that it tortiously interfered with a repair contract Stroud's had with a consumer.
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  • The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) and 26 of its affiliate associations requested more stringent interpretation from the 10 EPA regional offices regarding exemptions listed in the EPA rule Subpart HHHHHH- National Emissions Standards
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  • After Congress acted last week to repeal the costly 1099 reporting requirement included in last year's health care law, President Obama signed the legislation into law on April 14.
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  • The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) is asking Congress to review implementation and enforcement of the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS). As many of the nation's waterways hit historic crests, thousands of motor vehicles
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  • Automotive Service Association (ASA) collision leaders met recently with top U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Compliance officials to discuss the EPA automotive refinishing regulation. In addition, ASA members briefed members of C
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  • The Massachusetts Auto Coalition (MAC) said passage of the Right to Repair bill could negatively impact motor vehicle safety in the Bay State. Passage of H.102/S.104 could compel the unrestricted and widespread disclosure of automakers' intellectual
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  • Ray Gunder, owner of Gunder's Auto Center in Lakeland, Fla., will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a lower court's decision that State Farm did not slander him and illegally interfere with his business.
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  • U.S. Senate candidate Linda E. McMahon was the keynote speaker at the recent Connecticut Collision Repair Specialists (CCRS) annual banquet in Orange, Conn.
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