Insurer To Pay $20M More In Body Shop Rate-Manipulation Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (June 10, 2013, 11:17 PM EDT) -- A Connecticut state judge has ordered Hartford Fire Insurance Co. to pay $20 million beyond the $15 million it already paid in a class action accusing it of artificially manipulating car body shop labor rates, plaintiff the Auto Body Association of Connecticut said Monday.

Hartford, which paid $15 million following a 2009 jury verdict, will shell out $20 million more in punitive damages to 1,500 Connecticut auto body shops whose appraisers were pressured into relying exclusively on Hartford automobile service representatives, the Auto Body Association said....
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