Insurance Journal » Michigan http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:55:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3 Michigan Rail Project to Eliminate Dangerous Crossing http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/07/374293.htm Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:30:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=374293 Officials say a project to extend a rail line in a DTE Energy Co. rail yard in suburban Detroit, Mich. is designed to improve safety and traffic flow. Work begins July 13 in Trenton. The yard holds trains delivering coal …

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Michigan Bills Would Allow Beer on Pedal-Powered Trolleys http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/06/374148.htm Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:02:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=374148 Michigan legislation that would allow passengers to drink beer or wine aboard pedal-powered trolleys isn’t getting unanimous support from people who shuttle people around town. Lawmakers have sent bills to Gov. Rick Snyder that would make drinks an option on …

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Michigan Seat Belt Campaign Planned, to Include Landmarks http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/19/368690.htm Tue, 19 May 2015 16:00:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368690 Michigan law enforcement officials are kicking off a seat belt enforcement campaign that’s scheduled to run through the end of the month. The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says Michigan landmarks will be “buckling up” to celebrate Seat Belt …

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Michigan Village Outlines Plans to Keep Federal Flood Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/19/368686.htm Tue, 19 May 2015 15:55:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368686 A southeastern Michigan community has told federal officials that its plans to comply with a flood insurance program include taking a resident to court to make him raise his home. The Monroe News reported Saturday that Estral Beach President Danny …

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J.M. Wilson Promotes Ricks to Sr. Fleet Underwriter http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/11/367271.htm Mon, 11 May 2015 05:09:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=367271 J.M. Wilson, based in Portage, Mich., has promoted Mary Ricks to the position of senior fleet transportation underwriter. Ricks is responsible for evaluating transportation fleet submissions for acceptability to company underwriting criteria, quoting new and renewal transportation fleet business, binding …

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Worker Killed in Incident at Fiat Chrysler Detroit Factory http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/05/366892.htm Tue, 05 May 2015 16:17:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=366892 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said an employee at its Jefferson North Assembly factory in Detroit was killed Tuesday morning while working at the facility’s wastewater treatment plant. “The company is currently working with local officials to investigate the incident,” Jodi …

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J.M. Wilson Promotes Councell as Fleet Underwriter http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/30/366402.htm Thu, 30 Apr 2015 16:29:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=366402 Portage, Mich.-based managing general agency and surplus lines broker J.M. Wilson has promoted Jennifer Councell to fleet transportation underwriter. Specializing in 11-15 power unit accounts, Councell is responsible for quoting new and renewal business for independent insurance agents in 21 …

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Meadowbrook Insurance Shareholders Approve Acquisition by Fosun http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/28/365821.htm Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:51:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365821 Meadowbrook Insurance Group, Inc., headquartered in Southfield, Mich., announced that the group’s shareholders have formally approved the pending acquisition of Meadowbrook by Fosun International Limited. In late December 2014, Fosun, a Chinese investment group agreed to acquire Meadowbrook for approximately …

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Amerisure Promotes McKenzie to Director, Service Desk and Operations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/28/365805.htm Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:11:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365805 Farmington Hills, Mich.-based Amerisure Mutual Insurance Co. promoted Tina McKenzie to director of service desk and operations. McKenzie will continue to be based in Farmington Hills and report to Jeff Trees, Amerisure vice president of infrastructure. McKenzie is responsible for …

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Change to Michigan Auto Insurance Bills Requires $100 Premium Cut http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/27/365710.htm Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:07:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365710 The Republican-led House will consider legislation that would cut auto insurance premiums in Michigan by $100 annually for two years and no longer let health providers charge car insurers much more to treat injured motorists than health plans are billed. …

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Michigan Bill Would Limit Liability of Private Air Strip Owners http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/24/365622.htm Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:43:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365622 Horse owners and private air strip operators in Michigan would be exempt from liability in certain cases where people are injured under two bills that have moved through the Republican-controlled House. One bill, passed by a 79-31 vote, would add …

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Amerisure Makes Field Marketing & Underwriting Appointments http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/22/365363.htm Thu, 23 Apr 2015 01:39:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365363 Amerisure Mutual Insurance Co., based in Farmington Hills, Mich., appointed Mark Gromek regional vice president and promoted Laura A. Irwin to director of Field Marketing & Underwriting (FMU) Service and Support. Gromek, based in Atlanta, and Irwin, based in Farmington …

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Landlords in Michigan Town Must Ensure Renters Keep Homes Crime-Free http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/22/365327.htm Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:26:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365327 A new ordinance in Saginaw will require renters to pledge to keep their homes free of crime and puts landlords on the hook for making sure tenants obey the rules. The ordinance, dubbed the “crime-free lease addendum,” was approved on …

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Michigan Auto Insurance Bills Passed by Senate http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/20/365075.htm Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:57:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365075 A divided state Senate approved revisions to Michigan’s auto insurance law that backers said would curtail costs in the only state to require unlimited medical benefits for those severely injured in crashes and that opponents warned wouldn’t guarantee rate relief. …

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Michigan Officials: Crashes Up but Traffic Deaths Down in 2014 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/14/364249.htm Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:12:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364249 Michigan traffic deaths totaled less than 900 last year for the first time since 2011 despite an increase in the total number of crashes in 2014, officials announced. There were 876 traffic deaths in 2014, down 8 percent from 951 …

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Michigan’s Fremont Insurance Announces Staff Additions, Promotions http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/09/363859.htm Thu, 09 Apr 2015 16:51:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=363859 Michigan-based Fremont Insurance Co. announced it is both adding and promoting staff to meet increasing demands for commercial lines products. Fremont is strengthening the commercial lines function with the promotion of Debb Koepplinger to territory sales manager, as well as …

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Electronics Enable Michigan Police to Check Vehicle Insurance Quickly http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/31/362670.htm Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:32:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362670 Police in Michigan are using an easy way to check whether a motor vehicle is properly insured. Starting last year, police got access to information on whether a vehicle is insured by running a license plate number through an in-car …

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Michigan’s Auto Insurance Catastrophic Injury Fee to Drop to $150 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/27/362391.htm Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:32:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362391 The annual auto insurance fee that Michigan drivers pay toward caring for people catastrophically injured in crashes is dropping from $186 to $150. The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association announced March 25 that the new per-car assessment for the 12 months …

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Michigan Workers’ Comp Costs Drop, Employment Rises http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/25/362105.htm Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:52:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362105 Michigan has had some positive developments on the employment and workers’ compensation fronts lately and state officials are eager to share the news. Workers’ comp costs for employers in Michigan have dropped by nearly 28 percent since 2011 and the …

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Lawmakers Likely to Try Again to Reform Michigan’s No-Fault System http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/23/361801.htm Tue, 24 Mar 2015 02:19:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361801 Michigan has some of the highest auto insurance rates in the country and auto insurance rate hikes there were higher than those in any other state over the past two years, according to the insurance consulting firm, Perr&Knight. Some see …

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Dozens of Drivers Ticketed after Michigan Freeway Pileup http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/20/361421.htm Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:39:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361421 Dozens of drivers are being ticketed following January’s massive pileup on snowy Interstate 94 in southwestern Michigan that killed a 57-year-old trucker and closed a stretch of the roadway for two days, police announced. Traffic citations for 63 drivers, mostly …

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A.M. Best Upgrades Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Ratings http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/18/361010.htm Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:35:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361010 A.M. Best has removed from under review with positive implications and upgraded the financial strength rating to A- (Excellent) from B++ (Good) and the issuer credit rating to “a-” from “bbb” of Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Co. (Michigan Millers) in Lansing, Mich. The …

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Steel, Not Plywood, Protecting Vacant Homes in Detroit Enclave http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/17/360821.htm Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:55:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360821 Detroit enclave of Highland Park is using steel instead of plywood to cover doors and windows of vacant homes as part of an effort to better prevent drug activity, arson, squatting and other crimes. Fire Chief Derek Hillman told The …

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Contractor Sentenced to Prison in Michigan Asbestos Removal Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/16/360629.htm Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:19:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360629 A contractor has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for failing to properly remove asbestos from an old church in Bay City, Mich. The church was converted into a charter school, Bay City Academy. Roy Bradley Sr. was …

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AmTrust Financial Services Completes CorePointe Insurance Acquisition http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/03/359139.htm Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:10:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=359139 AmTrust Financial Services Inc. has completed the acquisition of Michigan-based CorePointe Insurance Co. Established in 1964, and located in Birmingham, Mich., CorePointe is a specialty property/casualty insurance company that markets commercial package insurance products primarily to automobile and motorcycle dealerships …

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Michigan Man Sentenced for Selling Fake Auto Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/02/358996.htm Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:13:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358996 A 64-year-old Michigan man has been sentenced to one year in jail for selling fake auto insurance certificates. Hakeem Sanusi of Eastpointe pleaded no contest to six counts of insurance fraud as a habitual offender. He was sentenced on Feb. …

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Michigan Pot Grower Who Didn’t Tell Insurer Must Reimburse Fire Claim Payment http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/25/358655.htm Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:19:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358655 An insurance company that didn’t know about a medical marijuana nursery in a Bay City, Mich., basement can recover more than $130,000 paid after the house was destroyed by fire. A federal appeals court upheld a decision by U.S. District …

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Johnston Promoted to P/C Underwriter at Michigan-Based J.M. Wilson http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/23/358203.htm Mon, 23 Feb 2015 06:09:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358203 Managing general agency and surplus lines broker J.M. Wilson promoted Samantha Johnston to property/casualty underwriter in its Portage, Mich., office. Johnston will be responsible for quoting, binding and servicing property/casualty accounts for independent insurance agents. Johnston gained experience as an …

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Associated Banc-Corp Completes Purchase of Ahmann & Martin Co. http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/19/358105.htm Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:59:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358105 Green Bay, Wis.-based Associated Banc-Corp reported it has closed the previously announced acquisition of Ahmann & Martin Co., a risk and benefits consulting firm in Minnesota, through a merger with and into Associated’s subsidiary, Associated Financial Group LLC. Associated Financial Group …

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J.M. Wilson Promotes Tobolic to P/C Underwriter in Michigan http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/19/358098.htm Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:44:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358098 Insurance wholesaler J.M. Wilson has promoted Thomas Tobolic to property/casualty underwriter in its Portage, Mich. office. Tobolic is responsible for quoting new and renewal accounts for a wide variety of commercial property and casualty risks, as well as issuing policies …

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