Legislative News

  • Reflexxion Automotive Products LLC, a Memphis-based manufacturer and distributor of aftermarket automotive products, filed a trademark infringement lawsuit to protect its Diamond Standard line of bumpers and structural parts.
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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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  • 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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  • U.S. Sen. John D. Rockefeller, D-W.V., chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, and Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., recently introduced a bill in the Senate titled the Motor Vehicle and Highway Safety Improvement Act of 2011.
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  • On April 4, 2011, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) and 26 of its affiliate associations sent a letter to the 10 Environmental Protection Agency regional offices requesting clarification on their interpretation and intended enforceme
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  • The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works unanimously approved Senate Bill 1813, "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21)," which reauthorizes the nation's transportation programs for two years.
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  • The House Small Business Committee's Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations held a hearing titled "New Medical Loss Ratios: Increasing Health Care Value or Just Eliminating Jobs?"
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  • Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C., and Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., are proposing H.R. 527, the Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2011 that creates significant economic protections for small businesses when the U.S. Environ
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  • 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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  • Texas state Sen. Mike Jackson, R-Dist. 11, introduced Senate Bill 944, which would create an automotive insurance advisory board. The bill was filed in the Texas state Senate and referred to the Committee on Business and Commerce. It has passed the c
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  • Florida House Bill 5005, "Deregulations of Professions and Occupations," sponsored by Rep. Esteban Bovo Jr., R-Dist. 110, includes provisions that would repeal Florida's law requiring the registration of motor vehicle repair shops with the Motor Vehi
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  • The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) is challenging the constitutionality of Rhode Island's Anti-Steering Act, which prohibits auto insurers from recommending body shops to customers and third-party claimants after they have se
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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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  • 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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  • Insurance companies may choose to have a damaged vehicle repaired, even if the owner prefers to receive a cash settlement, according to a recent appellate court decision in California. In its ruling in Hibbs v. Allstate Insurance, which could have ra
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  • The California Autobody Association and two other associations and the Consumer Attorneys of California sent a jointly signed letter to state senators and assembly members expressing their opposition to "imitation" aftermarket crash parts legislation
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  • President Barack Obama has proposed to Congress a $48 billion legislative package to aid small- business growth.
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  • A joint committee hearing was held by the Consumer Affairs and Transportation committees of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on "Right to Repair." Testifying at the Philadelphia, Pa., hearing were three panels of witnesses, including automob