Judge Grants Timeline Extension for Campfield vs. Safelite Case

An Ohio judge has granted an extension in the timeline for the discovery phase of the lawsuit filed against Safelite Group, Inc. by Richard Campfield and Ultra Bond.

Judge Michael Watson of the Eastern Division of the Southern District of Ohio U.S. District granted the extension to both parties in a July order.

“All fact discovery shall be completed by Wednesday, December 20, 2017,” the court document reads. “All expert discovery shall be completed by Tuesday, May 28, 2018.” Watson also ordered both parties to schedule their discoveries in such a way as to receive all responses prior to the cut-off date.

Previously, fact discovery was due on September 25, 2017, and expert discovery was due on February 28, 2017.

Watson ordered that the plaintiff’s expert witnesses must be identified by name, area of expertise and subject matter of their testimony, due no later than Thursday, August 10, 2017. If the defendants wish to use responsive experts, Watson ordered a deadline of August 11, 2017.

In September 2016, Safelite Group Inc. motioned to have the case dismissed. Watson decided the case brought by Campfield and Ultra Bond should go forward. However, the court granted Safelite partial dismissal, allowing only Campfield’s allegations that Safelite’s remarks in videos on the company’s website interfered with his business to proceed.

According to the document, no more extensions of time will be granted.

Campfield, the founder of Ultra Bond in Grand Junction, Colo., filed a lawsuit against Safelite in August 2015, alleging the company uses misleading advertising that favors replacement of windshields rather than repairs of long cracks. This, Campfield claims, has “wiped out a large portion (if not most) of the market for Ultra Bond’s products and services.”

Campfield’s company has offered long-crack repair products and services since 1989.

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