Michigan News

The Horton Group Acquires BF&S Insurance

Orland Park, Ill.-based insurance brokerage, The Horton Group, announced the acquisition of certain assets of Boyle, Flagg and Seaman (BF&S) Insurance, located in Illinois and Michigan. BF&S’s Illinois retail operations will now operate under the Horton name and staff will …

Educator-Focused Meemic Insurance Expands into Illinois

Meemic Insurance Co., a Michigan-based insurance provider offering personal auto, homeowners, and umbrella coverages tailored exclusively to teachers and other educational employees, announced that the company will immediately begin offering insurance services to educational employees in Illinois. Meemic Insurance Company has been …

Detroit Close to Deal with Second Bond Insurer

Lawyers for Detroit and a major creditor say they’re close to a settlement in the city’s bankruptcy case. The disclosure was made on Oct. 14 as Judge Steven Rhodes resumed a trial on Detroit’s plan to fix its finances. The …

Contractor to Pay Traverse City, Michigan $300K for River Damage

The contractor hired to remove a northern Michigan dam will pay $300,000 to resolve a lawsuit and restore a river that was damaged when the dam failed. Traverse City commissioners approved the settlement agreement on Oct. 6, the Traverse City …

Negative Comments Lead Michigan Marketing Firm to Sue Client

A Hartland Township marketing and Web design firm sued a former client over comments it made about the company online and in a letter to a business networking group. Five Sparrows filed the defamation suit against James Beasley and his …

Driscol, Casey Join HNI as Account Managers in Michigan

New Berlin, Wis.-based independent insurance broker, HNI, announced the addition of Heidi Driscol and Sean Casey as account managers in the company’s Grand Rapids, Mich., office. As account managers, Driscol and Casey are day-to-day contacts for HNI clients. Source: HNI

New Michigan Law Lets Uninsured Drivers Do Community Service

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a law allowing drivers who owe extra “responsibility” fees for certain offenses to do 10 hours of community service instead. The option would apply for drivers assessed $400 in fines over two years for not …

Taiym Joins Michigan’s Accident Fund Holdings as CIO

Lansing, Mich.-based Accident Fund Holdings Inc. has hired Said Taiym as chief information officer. Taiym joins the holding company’s executive team and will be responsible for overseeing information technology solutions across the enterprise. Taiym brings 15 years of experience in technology …

Bealhen Promoted to VP, Field Operations at United Heartland

United Heartland has promoted Justin Bealhen to vice president of field operations. Bealhen began his career with United Heartland in 2000 and has served as a senior underwriter and regional underwriting manager. Most recently, he was regional director of operations, responsible for …

Michigan Panel: Special Authority Needed to Target Car Insurance Fraud

Michigan should create a special authority devoted to targeting auto insurance fraud and require insurers to more frequently send electronic verification of drivers’ insurance to the state, a task force recommended. The panel, created a year ago by Secretary of …