Geico And VIP Auto Glass Battle In Court
The company VIP Auto Glass filed a lawsuit against Geico General Insurance company. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida Tampa Division. The company sought class-action status for the suit. The claim, Geico was violating state law by paying Safelite Retail stores more for the same windshield and auto glass repairs carried out by stores not participating in Safelite’s Network.
Geico responded to the suit by filing motions for entry default judgement. Geico claims that VIP presented forged documents to the court. Geico also claimed that VIP Auto Glass falsified their testimony that was given under oath. They further claim that the statements made during pleadings and filings were also false.
The situation has gotten even more dire for VIP as their counsel withdrew in August. The judge, Mary s. Scriven, has allowed VIP three weeks, or 21 days, to secure new counsel. If they are not able to secure new counsel, a judgement against VIP will be filed.
When Geico filed motions for the entry of the default judgement, VIP had still failed to secure counsel. The attorneys for Geico argued they were entitled to the judgment solely based on the fraud committed upon the court by VIP. John Marino, Geico’s attorney, also believes that the company should receive restitution for the fees and costs incurred in the lawsuit. In attempts to reverse the damage done, VIP motioned for a dismissal without prejudice. This motion was denied in light of expenses already occurred by Geico in the case.