Insurance Journal » Michigan http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:53:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Reincke Promoted to Brokerage Manager at J.M. Wilson http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/12/19/350716.htm Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:49:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350716 Portage, Mich.-based wholesale insurance specialist, J.M. Wilson, has promoted James Reincke to brokerage manager for the newly formed brokerage department . Reincke is responsible for developing and strengthening new and existing agency and company relationships, as well as growing the …

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IICF Midwest Awards $545K in Grants to Local Non-Profits http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/12/17/350418.htm Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:47:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350418 The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s (IICF) Midwest Division announced it is awarding $545,000 in community grants to local non-profit organizations in Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin for 2015. Grants range in contribution from $10,000 to $50,000 and support 29 …

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Accident Fund Holdings Picks Dibean to Direct Business Liaison Office http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/12/15/350188.htm Tue, 16 Dec 2014 01:01:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350188 Lansing, Mich.-based insurer Accident Fund Holdings Inc. has appointed Jaime Dibean as director of the business liaison office. Dibean is responsible for managing the business liaison office team, including coordinating new project initiatives and helping formulate business plans and estimates …

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Ann Arbor, Michigan, Wins Appeal in Flood Responsibility Lawsuit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/12/08/349205.htm Mon, 08 Dec 2014 17:33:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349205 The Michigan appeals court has ruled in favor of Ann Arbor and dismissed a lawsuit that tested the responsibility of local governments during severe flooding. The court overturned a decision by a Washtenaw County judge, saying it could have created …

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Michigan Legislature to Vote on New Child Safety Seat Rules http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/12/04/348964.htm Thu, 04 Dec 2014 16:55:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=348964 Legislation up for a vote in the Michigan Senate would update rules for how children should be buckled up. Michigan requires drivers to secure children under age 4 in back safety seats. Children are buckled in booster seats until they …

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Michigan Town OKs Liability Insurance, Reinstates Police Department http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/11/24/347943.htm Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:35:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347943 Newly sworn-in trustees in Oakley, Mich., are reinstating the village’s police department after its shutdown in September. The Saginaw News reports the village council voted 3-2 to re-establish the police force. It also approved liability insurance to cover the department. …

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AmTrust Financial Services to Acquire CorePointe Insurance Co. http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/11/24/347938.htm Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:34:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347938 AmTrust Financial Services Inc. announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Birmingham, Mich.-based CorePointe Insurance Co. (CorePointe), a wholly owned subsidiary of CorePointe Group LLC. The cash transaction is subject to regulatory approval. Established in 1964 CorePointe …

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Detroit Mulling City-Sponsored Auto Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/11/20/347677.htm Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:43:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347677 The City Council has approved a contract for a firm to study whether it’s feasible for Detroit, Mich., to create its own city-sponsored auto insurance company. Mayor Mike Duggan’s office says the $75,000 contract for Pinnacle Actuarial Resources was passed …

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Bus Inspection Problems Plague Michigan’s Small, Rural School Districts http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/11/18/347385.htm Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:33:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347385 Michigan State Police inspections have found that small, rural school districts experienced the most problems with their buses during the 2013-14 school year. As for Michigan as a whole, The Detroit News reported that state police figures show the number …

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Trees Promoted to VP, Infrastructure at Amerisure Mutual http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/11/17/347255.htm Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:28:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347255 Amerisure Mutual Insurance Co. has promoted Jeffrey Trees to vice president of Infrastructure. Trees will continue to be based in Farmington Hills, Mich. and report to Shawn O’Rourke, chief technology officer with Amerisure. In Trees’ new role, he is responsible …

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Stratton Promoted to Property/Casualty Underwriter at J.M. Wilson http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/28/345019.htm Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:16:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=345019 J.M. Wilson has promoted Kristy Stratton to property/casualty underwriter in its Portage, Mich., office. She is responsible for quoting new and renewal accounts for a wide variety of commercial property and casualty risks, as well as issuing policies and servicing …

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Workplace Fatalities Decline in Michigan http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/28/345013.htm Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:07:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=345013 Michigan’s rate of job-related deaths has decreased in recent years even as more people enter the workforce following the economic recession. The Detroit News reports federal data show Michigan’s rate of workplace fatalities declined from 3.6 per 100,000 workers in …

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Michigan Breaks Ground on $22M Emergency Operations Center http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/27/344892.htm Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:19:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=344892 The state of Michigan has broken ground on a new $22 million emergency operations center in the Lansing area. Officials expect the building to open in November 2015 and say it will be “hardened” to withstand natural disasters so response …

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Contractors Need to Be Involved in the Claims Process, BELFOR CEO Says http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/27/344510.htm Mon, 27 Oct 2014 05:38:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=344510 Customer service in property claims suffers when the contractor is left out of the settlement process and policy renewals may be in jeopardy because of it. That’s the word from the top executive of one of the world’s largest disaster …

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Michigan AG Says Settlement Reached in Propane Overcharges Suit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/23/344593.htm Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:47:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=344593 A settlement has been reached between Michigan and a propane supplier over high prices charged to customers trying to heat their homes during the cold and snowy winter months, Attorney General Bill Schuette announced. The deal with AmeriGas affects about …

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The Horton Group Acquires BF&S Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/22/344441.htm Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:07:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=344441 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 …

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Educator-Focused Meemic Insurance Expands into Illinois http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/15/343715.htm Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:40:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343715 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 …

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Detroit Close to Deal with Second Bond Insurer http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/15/343698.htm Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:18:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343698 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 …

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Contractor to Pay Traverse City, Michigan $300K for River Damage http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/08/343037.htm Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:48:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343037 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 …

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Negative Comments Lead Michigan Marketing Firm to Sue Client http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/02/342539.htm Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:45:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342539 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 …

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Driscol, Casey Join HNI as Account Managers in Michigan http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/01/342181.htm Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:00:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342181 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

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New Michigan Law Lets Uninsured Drivers Do Community Service http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/25/341624.htm Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:39:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341624 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 …

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Taiym Joins Michigan’s Accident Fund Holdings as CIO http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/23/341426.htm Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:51:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341426 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 …

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Bealhen Promoted to VP, Field Operations at United Heartland http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/22/341295.htm Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:34:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341295 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 …

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Michigan Panel: Special Authority Needed to Target Car Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/19/341166.htm Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:18:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341166 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 …

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Judge: Michigan City not Liable for Post-Flood Decline in Property Values http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/17/340828.htm Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:07:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340828 A judge has ruled that Traverse City isn’t responsible for declines in property values that could be linked to officials’ decision to remove a northern Michigan dam. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports Circuit Court Judge Philip Rodgers effectively dismissed parts …

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Insurance Secured, Michigan Village Police Department Operating Again http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/16/340555.htm Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:01:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340555 Police in a small village in Michigan’s Saginaw County have resumed patrols after securing liability insurance. Oakley Police Chief Robert Reznick obtained the insurance and reinstated patrols over the weekend. The Oakley Board of Trustees voted 5-1 last week to …

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Lack of Liability Insurance Leads to Shut Down of Michigan Police Department http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/11/340203.htm Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:19:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340203 Officials in a small Saginaw County village have shut down their police department until it gets liability insurance. The Saginaw News reports the Oakley Board of Trustees voted 5-1 on Sept. 9 to disband the force of about a dozen certified …

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Parker Joins Berkley Fire and Marine Underwriters in Detroit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/08/339956.htm Tue, 09 Sep 2014 02:56:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339956 Chicago, Ill.-based Berkley Fire and Marine Underwriters hired Jaymee Parker as a territory underwriting manager. She is based in Detroit, Mich. Parker will be responsible for agency relationships and underwriting growth for Michigan. Parker most recently served as a territorial …

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J.M. Wilson Promotes Russell to Accounting Supervisor http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/28/338960.htm Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:43:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338960 Portage, Mich.-based property/casualty MGA and surplus lines broker, J.M. Wilson, has promoted Crystal Russell to accounting operations supervisor. Russell is responsible for payment and account reconciliation of company accounts and assisting the treasurer with the preparation of monthly financial statements.  …

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