US: Auto shop antitrust fight against insurers tossed

A federal judge has thrown out an antitrust lawsuit filed by various Florida auto repair shops against car insurers, dismissing claims that the insurers “illegally control and depress” repair costs at the harm of the repair shops.

The glass repair shops accused dozens of insurers that unless the shops adhere to their pricing requirements, insurance customers are steered away from those servicers. But in his decision, a US district judge in Florida said that the 30-page complaint “suffers from a host of problems,” including “shotgun pleading,” the term used for a complaint that includes lists of unrelated allegations, a prohibited practice.

The plaintiffs must re-file by June 27 if they wish to pursue the case, the judge wrote.

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