The property and casualty insurance industry is supporting legislation that would alter patent law to allow for use of parts not made by the manufacturer in repairing damaged vehicles.
The Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales or PARTS Act, was introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R) and Zoe Lofgren (D), both of California.
The bill amends currentU.S.design patent law to limit to 2 and half years the period during which car companies can enforce their design patents on collision-repair parts against alternative suppliers.
The automobile insurance industry scored a small victory Thursday when the Florida Senate banking and insurance subcommittee approved a bill that would limit the types of health care clinics that could get reimbursements under the state’s personal injury protection law.
Defence lawyers hope the decision may bring some balance to what they say is the current arbitrary treatment of minor injury claims.
In its judgment in McQueen v. Echelon General Insurance Co. on Nov. 16, the Court of Appeal refused to overturn an award of $25,000 for mental distress caused by the denial of benefits.