It’s all going away.
More than two years of litigation ended Sept. 29 with the signature of a Florida judge in the case of Allstate v. Auto Glass America and its owner Charles Isaly.
The case was dismissed with prejudice, and either party has the right within 60 days to ask the court to re-open the case. However, all pending motions are now denied as moot in the case in contemplation of a settlement agreement.
Judge Carlos E. Mendoza closed the case after joint settlement by the defendants and plaintiffs Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Company, Allstate Indemnity Company, Allstate Insurance Company and Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance Company.
GlassBYTEs.com previously reported that Allstate filed suit against Auto Glass America, owned by Charles Isaly, in December 2018. Allstate alleged that the glass company engaged in a plan to unlawfully obtain payment for excessive and/or unreasonable charges of submitting inflated invoices. Allstate paid the invoices at a reduced rate, and also alleged that AGA sued them 1,400 times when the insurance company paid less than the invoice amount.
According to Allstate, AGA billed the insurance company on average $900 per invoice between Jan. 1, 2015 and Sept. 30, 2018, but Allstate reported the average invoice amount from other Florida glass companies during that time was $350.
In late July 2021, a Florida judge denied Allstate sanctions to keep certain documents sealed and inaccessible to AGA. Five of six sets of documents Allstate sought to keep sealed were to be released as evidence. Court documents from late July revealed that court proceedings in the case were interrupted because both parties “in this case do not like each other, and counsel clearly do not play well together, particularly when it comes to engaging in discovery and related motions practice.”
The case had generated a particularly high volume of motions, pleadings, filings and requests for sanctions and new deadlines and a very large number of attorneys were involved.