Insurance Journal » Michigan http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:58:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 Out of Prison, Michigan Man Files Suit Over Wrongful Arson Verdict http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/17/326739.htm Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:25:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326739 A man who spent five years in prison for a wrongful arson conviction has sued a northern Michigan county, three sheriff’s deputies and a state trooper. Forty-year-old Victor Caminata was convicted in 2008 of burning a house in Wexford County’s …

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Record Snowfalls in Michigan Bring Threat of Flooding http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/16/326506.htm Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:26:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326506 A spring storm shattered seasonal snowfall records in Detroit and Flint, Mich., as melting snow and rising rivers from heavy rain threatened homes on April 15 in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The snow came after a weather roller coaster Monday, with …

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Michigan’s J.M. Wilson Names Terry Branch Manager in Kansas City Office http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/03/21/323950.htm Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:29:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323950 Managing general agency and surplus lines insurance broker, J.M. Wilson, added Michele Terry, as branch manager of its Kansas City, Mo., location. Terry will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Kansas City office and staff, and foster growth and development …

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Hunt Named Medical Director at Michigan’s Accident Fund Holdings http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/03/20/323825.htm Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:48:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323825 Workers’ compensation insurance company, Accident Fund Holdings Inc., based in Lansing, Mich., appointed has announced the appointment of Dan L. Hunt, M.D., as corporate medical director. Hunt will provide guidance and strategic direction on a wide range of medical management …

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Michigan’s Fremont Insurance Adds Fasi as VP – Marketing and Sales http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/03/17/323536.htm Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:58:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323536 Fremont Insurance, a Michigan-exclusive property/casualty insurance carrier with headquarters in Fremont, has hired Rich Fasi as vice president of marketing and sales. Experienced in marketing, product management and underwriting, Fasi brings more than 28 years of insurance industry experience to …

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Salzwedel Named CEO of Michigan-Based Insurance Wholesaler, Grand General http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/27/321731.htm Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:37:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321731 Great Lakes regional insurance wholesaler, Grand General Agency in Grandville, Mich., has promoted John Salzwedel to the position of chief executive officer. Salzwedel has been with Grand General since 1997 and has experience in every department within the company. In …

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Effort to Put House in Order Paying Off: Meadowbrook Insurance CEO http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/26/321627.htm Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:30:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321627 Meadowbrook Insurance Group, based in Southfield, Mich., has struggled with many challenges during the past couple of years but the “strong remedial measures” implemented to correct unacceptable results are working, its chief executive said. In a Feb. 19 conference call …

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Michigan Farm Owner Lands Prison Sentence over Bad Cider http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/24/321419.htm Tue, 25 Feb 2014 02:48:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321419 A northern Michigan man could spend up to four years in prison after improperly processed apple cider he made led to an E. coli outbreak and hospital stays for two adults and two children. James Ruster is the first person …

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Premium Cut, Medical Cap Included in Michigan Car Insurance Proposal http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/24/321356.htm Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:23:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321356 Michigan House Republicans have pitched a revised overhaul of the state’s auto insurance system that would cut premiums and curtail unlimited medical benefits for people catastrophically injured in crashes. Speaker Jase Bolger said the wide-ranging plan ensures drivers still have …

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Walleck Named Chief Underwriting Officer at Meadowbrook Insurance Group http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/20/321104.htm Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:19:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321104 Meadowbrook Insurance Group Inc., based in Southfield, Mich., appointed Roger S. Walleck, as chief underwriting officer. Walleck will oversee all underwriting activities for Meadowbrook and the company’s insurance subsidiaries, and will report directly to Meadowbrook President and Chief Executive Officer …

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Michigan Firm Works to Fight Ice Dam Damage http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/19/320933.htm Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:32:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320933 Workers at a small company in Belding, Mich., are working long hours in an effort to meet the demand of homeowners who want to keep ice dams from damaging their roofs. KMI Inc.’s 65 employees manufacture patented 3-inch calcium chloride …

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Marsh & McLennan Expands in Michigan with Employee Benefits Firm http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/05/319609.htm Wed, 05 Feb 2014 17:14:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=319609 Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (MMA), a subsidiary of Marsh LLC, has acquired Great Lakes Employee Benefit Services, an employee group benefits consulting and brokerage firm based in Troy, Mich. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1997 …

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Fisher Joins Michigan Insurance Wholesaler, Grand General Agency http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/03/319270.htm Tue, 04 Feb 2014 03:26:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=319270 Grandville, Mich.-based Grand General Agency, a Great Lakes regional wholesaler, has welcomed Jamie Fisher to its team. Fisher will be serving the independent agents of Wisconsin and Minnesota as Grand General’s marketing representative. Fisher joins Grand General with a varied …

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Ohio Hospital Settles with Michigan Cancer Patient for $200K http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/01/29/318759.htm Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:22:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=318759 The University of Toledo Medical Center in Ohio has agreed to pay $200,000 to a southeastern Michigan woman who says radiotherapy was applied to the wrong sites to treat her cervical and endometrial cancer. The Court of Claims of Ohio …

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Improvements Planned for Flood Walls in Grand Rapids, Michigan http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/01/14/317088.htm Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:20:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=317088 Grand Rapids, Mich., plans to spend $4.2 million to repair and improve its floodwall system, after engineers identified weaknesses exposed by a storm last spring that flooded the Grand River threatened to swamp the city. The river came close to …

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Allstate Insurance to Expand in Midwest with New Agencies http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/01/09/316541.htm Thu, 09 Jan 2014 17:32:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=316541 Allstate Insurance Co. has announced plans to appoint new agency owners in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio this year. The company plans to appoint 21 new insurance agency owners in Indiana. Additionally, Allstate’s new and existing Indiana insurance agencies plan to …

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Michigan Suspends License of Lapeer-Area Insurance Agent http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/01/07/316273.htm Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:49:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=316273 The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) has suspended the license of James J. Carnaghi, previously licensed to sell property and casualty, accident and health, and life insurance in the state. The order of suspension was issued following …

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Segal Group Acquires Employee Benefits Firm Moroni Fantin in Michigan http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/01/07/316266.htm Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:33:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=316266 The Segal Group announced it has acquired a portion of the business of Moroni Fantin, an employee benefits consulting firm located in the Detroit, Mich.-area. Moroni Fantin specializes in working with Michigan and national, mid-market, self-insured health plans. Robert D. …

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Hub International Acquires Agency Business of Michigan’s Pinnacle Insurance Partners http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/01/03/316053.htm Fri, 03 Jan 2014 17:38:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=316053 Global insurance brokerage Hub International Limited (Hub) has acquired the insurance agency business of certain member firms operating as Pinnacle Insurance Partners (Pinnacle), a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based full-service insurance brokerage firm. The acquisition was made through the East Division of …

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Former Michigan Court Employee Gets $250K Settlement in Harassment Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/12/20/315129.htm Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:23:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=315129 A former Bay County Friend of the Court employee who filed a federal lawsuit in Michigan saying she was sexually harassed is getting a $250,000 settlement. The Bay City Times reports it obtained details of the settlement involving Patricia McIver …

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Michigan’s Accident Fund Holdings Promotes Key Executives http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/12/20/315126.htm Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:22:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=315126 Lansing, Mich.-based workers’ compensation insurer, Accident Fund Holdings Inc., has promoted several key executives, including: Frank Freund of East Lansing, Mich.; Lisa Corless of Lansing, Mich.; and Becky Holnagel of Okemos, Mich. Freund has been promoted to executive vice president …

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Fire Damage to Michigan School Buses Estimated at $300K http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/12/17/314715.htm Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:42:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=314715 Authorities in Saginaw County, Michigan say electrical problems caused a blaze that destroyed two school buses and damaged two more. WSGW-AM reports that damage to the four Saginaw Intermediate School District buses from the fire on the night of Dec. …

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Insurance Crime Bureau: 38% Drop in Questionable Claims in Michigan http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/12/16/314594.htm Mon, 16 Dec 2013 17:41:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=314594 Questionable insurance claims in Michigan dropped by 38 percent from 2010 through 2012, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). Questionable claims (QC) are those claims that NICB member insurance companies refer to NICB for closer review and investigation …

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Costs per Workers’ Comp Claims in Michigan Low Prior to 2011 Reforms http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/12/09/313439.htm Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:29:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=313439 The total costs for a workers’ compensation claim in Michigan were low compared with other states according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), Michigan System Performance Prior to the 2011 Legislative Changes: CompScope Benchmarks, 14th …

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Marsh & McLennan Agency Acquires Michigan’s Cambridge Property & Casualty http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/12/03/312824.htm Tue, 03 Dec 2013 17:12:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=312824 Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (MMA), a subsidiary of insurance broker Marsh Inc., announced the acquisition of Cambridge Property & Casualty, based in based in Livonia, Mich., Founded in 1974, Cambridge provides property/casualty insurance and risk management products and services to …

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Immediate Notice Required, Euthanasia Allowed in Equine Mortality Policies http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/12/03/312541.htm Tue, 03 Dec 2013 06:16:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=312541 The main difference between livestock, or equine, mortality insurance and human life insurance is that a livestock owner, subject to certain conditions, may sometimes euthanize the animal and still collect policy proceeds, according to an attorney whose practice includes a …

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Claims Filing Begins Following Midwest Storms http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/11/20/311788.htm Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:43:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=311788 Two Illinois-based insurers say they’ve received about 6,000 claims so far from Sunday’s tornadoes and they expect that figure to climb. State Farm officials told The (Bloomington) Pantagraph they’ve received about 3,500 claims from customers in Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. …

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Michigan Farmers Can Get Loan Help After Hail Storms http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/11/15/311412.htm Fri, 15 Nov 2013 17:22:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=311412 Farmers in 20 Michigan counties that had damage from severe hail storms earlier this year are eligible for emergency loans. U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan announced the support Wednesday involving loans from the Farm Service Agency. The hail storms …

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Meemic Foundation Grants Now Available to Illinois Educators http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/11/11/310533.htm Mon, 11 Nov 2013 06:16:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=310533 The Meemic Foundation, a non-profit organization created by Michigan-based Meemic Insurance Co., has been offering financial assistance in the form of grants to schools and educators since 1992. The foundation announced that it has expanded its program and will immediately …

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UPS Driver in Michigan Works 51 Years, No Crashes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/11/01/310110.htm Fri, 01 Nov 2013 16:43:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=310110 UPS driver Tom Camp from Livonia, Mich., and his big, brown truck have done something no other UPS driver has accomplished: 51 years without an accident. That’s after an estimated 800,000 to 900,000 miles on the road in metro Detroit, …

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