Auto body repair shops conspired to fix prices by providing sham estimates on competitors’ letterhead.
Defendant auto body repair shop fixed prices by providing sham estimates on competitors’ letterhead.
Defendants were sued criminally and civilly for scheme through which they provide sham estimates for body work.
Auto body shops agreed to provide false estimates for body work to be provided to auto insurance companies.
Plaintiff state alleged that five auto body shops in Boulder Colorado conspired to fix the price of auto body repairs. Four defendants paid $59,500 in civil penalties, attorneys fees and costs. One defendant (Hutsell) paid nothing.
Florida sought injunctive relief, civil penalties and reimbursement of investigative costs and attorney?s fees, alleging that defendant automobile repair shops conspired to restrain trade and competition for auto body repair services.
State of Utah investigated defendants Northern Utah Body Shop Association, William Alvey, Clair Baur and other auto body repair shops in the Ogden Utah area, alleging they conspired and encouraged others to conspire to fix labor prices and otherwise restrict and artificially raise and maintain prices for auto body work.
Plaintiff state reached settlement with auto body shops in Longmont Colorado to resolve allegations that they agreed to set prices for auto body work.