Lawsuit Dismissed Against State Farm for its Influence on Auto Repair

Matthew and Marcia Seebachan have dismissed their cases against State Farm Mutual Automobile Company, which alleged the insurer influenced an auto repair that didn’t meet OEM specifications in order to increase its bottom line. The lawsuits, which were filed separately, were dismissed only 13 days after they were filed.

In 2013, the Seebachans purchased a used 2010 Honda Fit. Unknown to them, the vehicle had its roof repaired due to hail damage prior to purchasing it. According to court documents, the collision center neglected to use Honda’s OEM repair specifications, which required the roof to be welded in place and, instead, used a 3M adhesive to allegedly cut down on insurance costs.

Four months after purchasing the vehicle, the couple was in an accident, and both sustained serious burn injuries after the roof collapsed and doors jammed, trapping the couple inside as the vehicle caught fire. They alleged this was due to the repair work of the collision center.

Boyce Willis, director of John Eagle, stated in his July 7th deposition, that the insurance company wouldn’t have paid the bill if the center didn’t perform the repairs as they had specified, as opposed to the OEM’s.

This prompted the couple, who were represented by Todd Tracey, to file a complaint against the insurance company, shedding light on the influence insurers have on auto repairs of all types.

According to the lawsuit, the couple dismissed their lawsuits without prejudice to refiling. No reason was provided.

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