Insurance Journal » Michigan http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:11:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Survey: Michigan Business Owners Optimistic About Future http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/25/335825.htm Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:37:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335825 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 …

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Trucking Company Owner Pleads Guilty in Missouri to Cargo Theft Scheme http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/18/335245.htm Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:35:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335245 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 …

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Eastern Alliance Insurance Opens First Michigan Office http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/01/333430.htm Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:22:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=333430 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 …

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Large Michigan Health Insurers Seeking Big Rate Increases in 2015 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/27/333164.htm Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:29:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=333164 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 …

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Detroit Bankruptcy Judge Rejects Insurer Requests http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/27/333153.htm Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:12:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=333153 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 …

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Barry Named Director of Property/Casualty Underwriting at J.M. Wilson http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/25/332861.htm Wed, 25 Jun 2014 04:06:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=332861 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 …

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Michigan Officers Stop 13,700-Plus in Seat Belt Enforcement Push http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/24/332797.htm Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:08:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=332797 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 …

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Baldwin Named Director of Marketing and Communication at J.M. Wilson http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/19/332461.htm Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:28:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=332461 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 …

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Michigan Bill Limiting Lawsuits Against Insurers Awaits Governor’s Signature http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/17/332264.htm Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:52:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=332264 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 …

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Michigan House Vote Would Allow Fewer Lawsuits Against Insurers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/09/331445.htm Mon, 09 Jun 2014 22:37:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=331445 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 …

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Michigan’s Amerisure Insurance Promotes McBride, O’Rourke http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/05/28/330223.htm Wed, 28 May 2014 16:47:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=330223 Amerisure Mutual Insurance Co., based in Farmington Hills, Mich., has promoted Angela McBride to chief administrative officer and Shawn O’Rourke to chief technology officer. Both report to Greg Crabb, president and CEO of Amerisure. McBride assumes responsibility of corporate services, …

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USG Insurance Services Adds Helgemo in Troy, Michigan http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/05/22/329910.htm Thu, 22 May 2014 19:37:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=329910 USG Insurance Services Inc., a national wholesaler and MGA, expanded its Troy, Mich., operations with the addition of Jackie Helgemo as an associate producer/broker. Helgemo most recently held the position of senior assistant underwriter at Burns &Wilcox. USG Insurance Services …

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Seat Belt Enforcement Boosted In 40 Michigan Counties http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/05/20/329661.htm Tue, 20 May 2014 15:52:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=329661 Law enforcement officials in 40 Michigan counties are stepping up enforcement of seat belt regulations. The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says the annual “Click It or Ticket” safety belt enforcement zones and extra enforcement begin Monday. Officials last …

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Meadowbrook CEO Says Company on Track to Deliver on 2014 Guidance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/05/15/328978.htm Thu, 15 May 2014 05:36:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=328978 The efforts undertaken by Meadowbrook Insurance Group in the past couple of years to improve its underwriting performance and profitability appear to be working. In a conference call to discuss results for the first quarter of 2014, Robert S. Cubbin, president …

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Crabb Elected President, CEO of Amerisure http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/05/12/328754.htm Mon, 12 May 2014 05:04:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=328754 Amerisure, based in Farmington Hills, Mich., named Gregory J. Crabb to succeed Richard F. Russell as president and CEO of Amerisure Mutual Insurance Co. effective immediately. Amerisure Mutual Insurance Co. represents the insurance operations of Amerisure Mutual Holdings Inc. Russell …

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Farrell Promoted to Surety Underwriter at Michigan’s J.M. Wilson http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/22/326987.htm Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:04:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326987 Portage Mich.-based managing general agency and surplus lines insurance broker, J.M. Wilson, has promoted Stephanie Farrell to surety underwriter. Farrell will be responsible for underwriting commercial and fidelity bonds for new and renewal business. In addition, she will review submissions …

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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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