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Hey Blumenthal,

How about taking a step for the glass industry. Insurance companies do what they are best at. Mislead customers.

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal today announced that GEICO insurance company has said it will no longer run a false and misleading television advertisement in Connecticut that claims the company repairs cars in a few days or less.

GEICO's move came after Blumenthal called on the company earlier this week to immediately cease running the ad in which actress Charo appears with a GEICO consumer who claims that GEICO "repaired (his car) within a few days, like new."

Blumenthal said the commercials may give consumers the false impression that GEICO actually repairs cars directly. Under state law, GEICO is not permitted to repair motor vehicles without obtaining a motor vehicle repair license. The company is also prohibited from steering or requiring that consumers use preferred auto repair shops.

Leaders of the Auto Body Association of Connecticut alerted Blumenthal of the misleading advertisement - and claim that the ad is symptomatic of a larger problem in the industry where insurers allegedly steer business to "preferred" auto repairers.

Blumenthal has renewed his call on the Insurance Department to take action to investigate and enforce violations of state insurance law prohibiting insurers from steering consumers to preferred repair shops.

"Ditching this disingenuous ad is a victory for consumers - and a better business practice for GEICO," Blumenthal said. "This incident should send a message that higher standards in insurance industry dealings are appropriate and necessary. I am delighted and thankful that GEICO has done the right thing - a sign that it will be an ally, rather than an adversary, in improving industry practices. We will continue to monitor and investigate such practices, and welcome involvement by consumers, as well as whistleblowers from the industry, and professions like the Auto Body Repair Association."

Re: Geico

See? I toldja insurers don't contract to repair cars.

Kudos to several people in CT.

THe fire is lit, the job now is to keep it going before the insurers step on Blumenthal with threats of higher insurance rates if they don't get their way.

Happens every time, but insurer profits are so obscene right now in prop and cas, that old ploy is being seen for what it is by the press....hopefully Blumenthal will also. Trouble is he can only focus on his little corner of the world in CT, his jurisdiction. Perhaps though, these AGs in different states are drawing support from each other to finally stand up to insurers and their tactics.

Perhaps info like the article below will help to bolster their resolve to stand up for consumers.

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