My opinions follow

Quoting and read the bold print in particular: “Today, we are taking a first step toward freeing American businesses, taxpayers, and consumers from the burden of judgments that no longer protect competition,” DOJ antitrust division Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim said in an April 25, 2018, statement. “We will pursue the termination of outdated judgments around the country that presently do little more than clog court dockets, create unnecessary uncertainty for businesses or, in some cases, may actually elicit anticompetitive market conditions.”

The CD never had any applicability for collision repairers, as it was intended to prevent anticompetitive behavior by insurers that presumably, negatively affected consumers. Antitrust laws are not in place to protect another business like collision repairers.

Obviously, insurers continued their practices until they absolutely control the collision industry in terms of work performance, price and market allocation. Repairer support entities have been infiltrated by insurer interests directly and indirectly, rendering progress by these trade organizations ineffective despite some good intentions, intentions that fade quickly in the onslaught by insurers and their interests. Consolidation, rather than bring some market power to repairers, solidified insurer control over the entire industry as it relates to market share and revenue, continuing a massive transfer of wealth.

All obvious of course, but what is not obvious to most is how to address the controls exercised by the insurers, assuming sufficient resources are brought to bear (doubtful).

Again, the only thing important and the most obvious proveable control has been missed but must be addressed for change, assuming it is not too late, and that is how price for service is performed. Nothing else matters.

Watching this closely for over 20 years,I expect folks will be talking about the same twenty years from now.

Happy Trails.