Body Shop Antitrust Case Hits Roadblock in Florida

Following up on one of our more popular posts from last year, here’s an update on a key development in the on-going multi-district Body Shop Antitrust case brought by hundreds of auto body repair shops against dozens of auto insurers. (Full disclosure: the Bose McKinney & Evans team of Brian Jones, Curtis Jones, and Joel Nagle represent one of the insurers in the Indiana case that was consolidated.)

Since our last post, the total number of pending cases in the MDL has gone up to 22, and the defendants in the Indiana, Florida, Utah, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee cases filed Motions to Dismiss. The Court conducted a hearing on the pending dismissal motions in early November.

On Wednesday, the Middle District of Florida dismissed all of the claims in the Florida case (including one claim with prejudice), finding, among other things, that the plaintiffs failed to plead plausible claims as required under Twombly. The Court gave the plaintiffs until February 10 to amend their complaint.

This ruling paves the way for similar rulings in the Indiana case and others. Stay tuned for further developments.

About Brian Jones

I represent clients in all aspects of business litigation, but focus my practice on complex litigation and arbitration matters concerning insurance and reinsurance, antitrust, class actions, securities, real estate disputes, and contract matters. I am the co-chair of the Bose McKinney & Evans Insurance Group. I was listed in the 2017 and 2016 "Best Lawyers in America" for Insurance Coverage and named a "Rising Star" in Insurance Coverage by Super Lawyers in Indiana in 2014. I was also named a "Rising Star" in Business Litigation by Super Lawyers in Indiana in 2013 and 2012, and a 2010 “Rising Star” in Business Litigation in Texas. I am a member of the State Bars of Indiana and Texas, the Defense Research Institute, a former member of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas, and I am licensed to practice before all state courts in Indiana and Texas, as well as all federal courts in Indiana, the Northern, Western, and Southern Districts of Texas, the Northern District of Illinois, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh, and Eleventh Circuits. I received my bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in political science and my master’s degree in teaching from Trinity University, where I was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. I received my doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas School of Law, where I was the Director of Communications for the Legal Research Board and a member of the Phi Delta Phi Honor Society. Before attending law school, I taught high school geography, government and economics in San Antonio, Texas.
This entry was posted in Antitrust, Automobile Insurance and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Body Shop Antitrust Case Hits Roadblock in Florida

  1. Pingback: Crash and Burn: Magistrate Recommends Dismissal of Indiana and Tennessee Body Shop Antitrust Cases; District Court Dismisses Mississippi Case | Bose Insurance Blog

Share your thoughts

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s