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On November 25, 2013, the Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against Ford Global Technologies, LLC (Ford Global).  The lawsuit requested a declaration that certain Ford Global design patents directed toward automotive body repair parts are invalid and unenforceable under the doctrines of functionality and patent exhaustion.  ABPA is proceeding on the Read more…


During Thursday’s business session at the 2016 ABPA Annual Meeting, the election of new Board of Directors members was held. Newly elected Chairperson Kim Hicks announced the five newest members: Joseph Tsai (UCC New World) (elected to a second term) Jeffrey Lee (Continental Auto Parts) Chris Northup (Professional Parts Group) Rob Barkley (Automotive Supply Experts) Jackson Kwok Read more…


One of the highlights of the ABPA Annual Meeting & Convention is the announcement of our annual award winners. This year saw a particularly deserving group of individuals and companies recognized for their contributions to the aftermarket parts industry. Chairman’s Award: Mike Dolabi, National Auto Body Parts Warehouse Presidential Award: Nationwide Insurance (represented by Don Ashby and Read more…


After a busy day of education and discussion, everybody was ready to relax and enjoy a dinner cruise aboard the Biscayne Lady luxury yacht on Thursday night. It was a truly spectacular evening, with calm waters, amazing views from the deck, plenty of delicious food and networking on every level of the boat. The sight of the Read more…


The 2016 ABPA annual meeting & convention got underway under blue skies in Miami today. The golfers took to the links for an energetic round, as early arrivals checked in and registered. The highlight of the day was a well-attended “Welcome” dinner at the host Hyatt Regency Hotel, which provided an opportunity to socialize and network.


The partnership includes joint education, marketing and promotional programs for NSF International’s Parts Distribution Certification Program ANN ARBOR, Mich. and HOUSTON, Texas – NSF International, a global organization with more than 70 years of certification expertise that provides independent certification throughout the automotive supply chain, is partnering with the Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) to expand NSF International’s Parts Distributor Read more…


The Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) and the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) need your help to create and fund an ABPA-sponsored high school/college collision student scholarship for early 2016. After the first of the year, the CREF will be announcing over $200,000 in various scholarships and tool grants that are available for collision repair students across Read more…


Austin was huge. Chicago was even bigger. But the “Windy City” was a little cold for some, so for our next annual meeting we decided to seek out the sun. Therefore… We are pleased to announce that the 2016 ABPA Annual Meeting & Convention will be held in sunny Miami, Florida! The meeting will be held from Read more…


ABPA sued Ford Global Technologies LLC (FGTL) in the Eastern District of Texas (EDTX) for a declaration that FGTL’s design patents are invalid and unenforceable. FGTL moved to dismiss the case, claiming that ABPA lacked associational standing to challenge the patents. ABPA won the motion and became the first association ever to win an associational standing challenge Read more…


The Automotive Body Parts Association has filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support a petition filed by Felder’s Auto Parts of Louisiana to overturn the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissal of Felder’s antitrust suit against General Motors and one its dealers. The Automotive Body Parts Association believes the 5th U.S. Read more…

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