Body shops say insurance companies are skimping on repairs



Eight auto body shops in four states received a huge win Thursday as a federal appeals court reversed a lower court decision to dismiss their antitrust, steering and unjust enrichment allegations against the nation’s largest insurer.

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision could ripple out to the other cases dismissed by Middle District of Florida Judge Gregory Presnell. Presnell, often in conjunction with Magistrate Judge Thomas Smith, consistently declared insufficient evidence to support the shops’ federal allegations that large carriers were conspiring to fix prices and boycott shops and state allegations of tortious interference (“steering”) and receiving services without paying for them (unjust enrichment/quantum meruit).

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