A Connecticut judge has ordered The Hartford insurance company to pay $20 million to auto body shops for an unfair trade practice related to hourly labor rates for vehicle repairs. The decision handed down last month by Stamford Superior Court Judge Alfred J. Jennings Jr. awarding punitive damages is in addition to a jury award of nearly $15 million awarded against the company in 2009. The Auto Body Association of Connecticut, the Plaintiff in the case, alleged that The Hartford pressured its in-house appraisers to put artificially low labor rates in their appraisals. The jury found that the company’s practices regarding hourly rates paid for auto body repairs was an unfair trade practice. A company spokesman says they will appeal. The case involves about 1,500 shops in Connecticut.
Source: Claims Journal
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