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Former Safelite Technician Joins Alleged “Forty Hour Plan” Lawsuit

Another former Safelite technician has joined two other plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the company for alleged unpaid wages due to the company’s purported “Forty Hour Plan.” The plaintiffs are seeking $500,000. Quincy Williams has joined plaintiffs Lamar Mackall and … Full Story

Tech Talk: Windshield Replacements in the Modern Age

Toronto, Ontario — We all know that repair costs have risen. We also know why. The simple fact of the matter is that modern cars are much more complicated than in years past. The manufacturers have introduced new materials, and ultra-high strength steels are now commonplace. Also, electronics and sensor systems have continued to proliferate. All of this means a higher cost of repair when it goes wrong. Full Story

Competing, Starkly Different Bills Face Uphill Battle to Reduce Car Insurance Premiums

A fight in Lansing over car insurance reform is once again pitting concerns over affordability against concerns about coverage for catastrophic car crashes. Full Story

De Blasio Crusades Against Self-Driving Car Initiative

Mayor de Blasio is pledging to slam the brakes on Gov. Cuomo’s plan to let General Motors test self-driving cars on city streets — but Cuomo’s office says the state is in the driver’s seat and de Blasio is out of luck. Full Story

IIHS Crash Test: 2017 Jeep Compass Fails to Earn Top Safety Pick+ Rating

Recently put to the test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2017 Jeep Compass didn’t get the top rating because of the poor-performing headlights. By “marginal,” the Insurance Institute refers to the optional HID headlights with high-beam assist technology. Go for the standard halogen headlights, and all the IIHS can give the all-new Compass is a measly “poor.” Full Story

Assignment of Benefits Necessary for Industry

Assignment of benefits can put all parties involved in a vulnerable position, but the practice is necessary for the survival of the automotive glass industry, according to Morgan and Morgan attorney Anthony Prieto. At Auto Glass Week™, he spoke to … Full Story

Belron Enters the Home Repair Market in Europe

Belron has announced the acquisition of 80 percent of the shares of Maisoning Group, a French company providing home repair services (repair, renovation and emergency repairs) to both B2C and B2B customers. This acquisition is fully aligned to Belron’s service … Full Story

‘Who Pays?’: OEM Procedures Still Not Being Consulted Every Time

Though usage has again ticked up since the prior year, the number of shops reporting consistently consulting OEM procedures still remains far lower than where it ought to be, the most recent “Who Pays for What?” survey concluded. Full Story