Michigan News

Survey: Michigan Business Owners Optimistic About Future

Owners of Michigan’s small and medium-size businesses have voiced their confidence in Michigan’s economic future in the latest Future Business Index, published in partnership with the Michigan Business Network and Lansing, Mich.-based Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, the insurer announced. The optimism of …

Trucking Company Owner Pleads Guilty in Missouri to Cargo Theft Scheme

A Memphis, Tenn., business owner pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a cargo theft scheme that included a theft in West Plains, Mo. Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that Earl …

Eastern Alliance Insurance Opens First Michigan Office

Eastern Alliance Insurance Group has announced it will open an office in Grandville, Mich. as part of the company’s geographic expansion plan. The Grandville office, at 3980 Chicago Drive, is the company’s first office in Michigan. The Grandville site is …

Large Michigan Health Insurers Seeking Big Rate Increases in 2015

Most people buying their own health insurance in Michigan could see near double-digit premium increases next year. State insurance regulators said that dominant insurers Blue Care Network and Blue Cross Blue Shield want to raise rates by an average of …

Detroit Bankruptcy Judge Rejects Insurer Requests

Detroit overcame efforts by bond insurers that might have slowed its plan to exit bankruptcy before the end of the year, while the judge on the case said he was open to taking a bus tour to see what shape …

Barry Named Director of Property/Casualty Underwriting at J.M. Wilson

Managing general agency and surplus lines broker J.M. Wilson, based in Portage, Mich., promoted Roxanne Barry, to director of property and casualty underwriting. In addition to her role as property and casualty manager at the Michigan office, Barry will also …

Michigan Officers Stop 13,700-Plus in Seat Belt Enforcement Push

The state says recent stepped-up enforcement of seat belt regulations by law enforcement officials in 40 Michigan counties led to more than 13,700 traffic stops. Preliminary reports released June 23 indicate that stops during the “Click It Or Ticket” campaign …

Baldwin Named Director of Marketing and Communication at J.M. Wilson

Portage, Mich.-based managing general agency and surplus lines broker J.M. Wilson promoted Cathy Baldwin to director of Marketing and Communication. In addition to her role as marketing team manager, Baldwin will work closely with all department managers to assist them …

Michigan Bill Limiting Lawsuits Against Insurers Awaits Governor’s Signature

A bill approved by Michigan Legislature that further limits certain consumer lawsuits against insurance companies under the state’s Consumer Protection Act has been sent to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature. The issue addressed by HB 5558 “is whether a consumer …

Michigan House Vote Would Allow Fewer Lawsuits Against Insurers

The Michigan House has passed legislation blocking certain insurance lawsuits under the Michigan Consumer Protection Act. Consumers were prevented from suing insurance companies for fraud under the act starting in 2001. Majority Republicans say consumers could instead sue under the …