Here is a link to an article on a lawyers webpage
I'll just drop the link and post my comments in a few days.
For now, I'll just say that he is more right than he is wrong in his perceptions. Where this gets complicated is the system he is talking about actually works to keep consumer automotive prices LOWER than they would otherwise be........ (Not just repair)
Here is a link that might be useful: Flat rate, a lawers perspective