RECENT RIA PRESS RELEASES:
Rockville, Maryland – In January 2013, RIA filed suit in U.S. District Court against David Hedman and ThermaPure in an effort to invalidate a family of patents held by ThermaPure, TPE Associates, and Hedman. Many RIA members have been sued by ThermaPure and accused of infringing at least one of the patents, U.S. Patent No. 6,327,812. Additionally, many RIA members have paid to license all the patents, either as a condition of settling litigation or to avoid litigating in the first instance.
Rockville, MD – The next Property Industry Conference will be held on Monday, November 18, 2013, in Jacksonville, Fla., at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville from 1-4 p.m. The meeting will take place before the PLRB Large Loss Conference.
Rockville, MD - The Restoration Industry Association (RIA) awarded Kelmann Restoration the Phoenix Award for Innovation in Restoration and Platinum Restoration the Phoenix Award for Innovation in Reconstruction at the recent Leadership Summit & Industry Expo in Las Vegas, NV.
Rockville, MD – The Restoration Industry Association (RIA), presented its highest individual industry honor, the Martin L. King Award, to Larry Holder, CR, of BELFOR USA, at its recent Leadership Summit and Industry Expo in Las Vegas, NV. (
Rockville, MD – The Restoration Industry Association (RIA) awarded its prestigious 2013 Golden Quill award to Tracy Bachtell of Paul Davis Restoration at its recent Leadership Summit and Industry Expo in Las Vegas, NV.
Rockville, Maryland – The Restoration Industry Association (RIA) has announced its position on Florida House Bill 909 which addresses the practice of Assignment of Benefits (AOB). The Association opposes HB 909 as well as any Senate bill that includes the same language regarding AOB. RIA believes that the use of an AOB is in the best interest of the policy holder, and any prohibition will result in delaying work needed for the proper restoration of damage.
Rockville, Maryland – Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., a member of the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) has contributed $50,000 in matching funds to the Restoration Industry Legal Fund (RLIF) and is challenging other vendors at the upcoming RIA Industry Summit and Exhibition to contribute. "Sunbelt Rentals has always been a company that gives back to the communities in which we serve," said Ken Rothmel, Sunbelt’s director of strategic accounts.
Rockville, Maryland – The Restoration Industry Association (RIA) announces that it has filed suit in Federal Court in the Western District of Washington State against Thermapure. The purpose of this suit is to invalidate six of the seven patents held by Thermapure. These patents, and in particular the "812," have been used by Thermapure to sue RIA members and other restoration industry companies. RIA firmly believes that these suits are without merit, as the family of patents involved assert claims that have been industry standards for years.
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