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Louisiana sues State Farm for endangering motorists with cheap auto repairs

State Farm Auto Insurance endangers the lives of its policyholders by effectively forcing auto body and repair shops to perform repairs as cheaply and quickly as possible, the Louisiana Attorney General’s office alleges in a lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, filed August 19 in a Baton Rouge federal court, State Farm repeatedly broke state laws against unfair trade practices and monopolies by directing consumers to preferred repair shops or “direct repair facilities.” The repair shops are then effectively forced to conform to insurance estimates by using cheap, imitation, and used parts “rather than in accordance with consumer safety and vehicle ... Read More

Kia allegedly hid brake switch defect from consumers; class action filed in California

A putative class action has been filed in California federal court against Kia Motors America Inc. The lawsuit alleges the automaker failed to warn consumers that certain vehicles may feature a faulty brake switch that may potentially disable both the brake lights and cruise control operation, thus increasing the likelihood of an accident. According to the suit, Kia was aware of the problems with the brake switch for several years. Kia’s first recall for the defective brake switch included a number of different vehicles in 2009, and again in May 2013. However, the automaker did not include its 2011 Sportage, ... Read More