Press Release


Contact: Karen Pelton

               Virtual Courthouse™


Phone:   (301) 655-1611


March 29, 2007

Progressive Joins™™ is extremely pleased to announce that Progressive Insurance Company has officially agreed to consider claims filed in™.  Progressive is among the leaders in the Baltimore/Washington Metropolitan Automobile Insurance Industry Region.  The Senior Claims Management has agreed to consider™ on a pilot basis, beginning with their Beltsville location.  “Our new relationship with Progressive is another step toward establishing VirtualCourthouse as a regional leader in online dispute resolution ( ODR), “ stated Judge Monty Ahalt (Ret), CEO of™.  “Last week’s training session with the adjusters and Senior Management was very well received.  We are confident that they too will soon realize the speed, fairness and affordability of our service,” says Ahalt.  Progressive joins GEICO, MAIF, State Farm and Nationwide as participating automobile insurance companies.  Also, many plaintiffs firms regularly participate. 

VirtualCourthouse, developed in 2001 by retired Maryland Circuit Court Judge Monty Ahalt, provides lawyers and insurance companies with an online alternative to the courtroom for settling legal disputes.  From personal injury and auto-negligence cases to workman’s comp and construction disputes, VirtualCourthouse has become the venue of choice in settling ADR cases by numerous lawyers in the Mid-Atlantic Region.™ (“VCH”) is an Internet-based service that enables parties to submit disputed claims, responses and supporting material in digital form for resolution by a neutral provider of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services. These ADR services can include arbitration, mediation, neutral case evaluation or a settlement conference by members of a panel of neutrals.

To view an entire list of participating companies and firms or for additional information about™, visit us at



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