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Oral arguments have been scheduled for December 1 in the appeal of a lawsuit filed by Felder’s Collision Parts against General Motors. According to John Yoswick of the CRASH Network, “the Louisiana-based non-OEM parts supplier sued the automaker, arguing that GM’s ‘Bump the Competition’ parts price-matching program provides no benefit to the consumer, but ‘serves the sole Read more…


LKQ Corporation and Chrysler Group LLC entered into a Patent License Agreement whereby LKQ has been granted a license under certain Chrysler design patents in connection with LKQ’s distribution and sale of aftermarket collision parts in the United States. As part of the agreement, Chrysler will dismiss the complaint it filed in January 2014 against LKQ alleging Read more…


Update on ABPA V. FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC On August 4, 2014, United States Magistrate Judge Amos L. Mazzant filed a Report and Recommendation that the Motion to Dismiss of Ford Global Technologies be denied. Judge Mazzant agreed with the Automotive Body Parts Association that the lawsuit could go forward on the basis of “associational standing,” meaning that Read more…


In news from the CRASH Network, reports of the demise of the U.S. auto body industry appears to premature. Indeed, the industry seems to be growing again after several years of moderate decline. U.S. Census Bureau data shows that in 2014 there are 33,763 auto body repair shops in the U.S., up from 30,738 in 1988. Employment numbers Read more…


By Bill McDonough, Editor, Body Language Welcome to the new Body Language newsletter. By transitioning from a printed piece with limited distribution to an online publication, we believe this new format will open up readership to a wider audience. This will allow us to bring the ABPA’s message to decision makers across the parts, insurance and collision Read more…


The Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) is pleased to announce that the 2015 Annual Business Meeting and Trade Fair will be held in beautiful downtown Chicago, Illinois from April 21-24, 2015. The venue for the event will be the historic Drake Hotel located on top of the Magnificent Mile within downtown Chicago. Since the roaring 1920s, no Read more…


Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mike Schoonover and his family on the tragic loss of their 14-year old son, Patrick. Patrick died from a heart condition while playing in a bantam hockey tournament. Mike Schoonover is the owner of Schoonover Bodyworks & Glass in Shoreview, Minnesota, and has long been an active and engaged proponent and Read more…


CBP Issues Procedures for Possible Disruption Business groups, including the Auto Care Association, are urging longshoremen and their employers to avoid a dispute that could cripple ports along the West Coast and affect billions of dollars in commerce. Negotiations began in May to replace a six-year pact between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Read more…


ABPA Encourages Consumers to Understand the Difference Between Counterfeit and Alternative Parts Smithfield, RI, Jun. 9, 2014 — An article was recently published by Joshua Dowling (National Motoring Editor of the “News Corp Australia Network”) titled “New Safety Fears Over Counterfeit Parts”. In this article, Mr. Dowling brings up the important safety issue of counterfeit airbags and Read more…


CAP Announces achievement of NSF International Distributor Certification Newark, NJ — June 6, 2014 Continental Auto Parts (CAP) is excited to announce that we have achieved a milestone by becoming an NSF International certified distributor. The NSF International Automotive Collision Parts Distributor Certification Program closes the supply chain gap between parts manufacturers and repair shops by addressing Read more…

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