Insurance Journal » Michigan http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:26:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 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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Post-Floods, Detroit Residents Shop for Appliances, Supplies http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/26/338602.htm Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:23:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338602 Detroit-area residents are shopping for appliances and home-repair supplies in droves after recent flooding damaged houses and the property inside. The Detroit News reports thousands of shoppers visited big-box appliance stores and local retailers over the weekend to purchase everything …

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Michigan Renters to Split $500K Settlement in Harassment Suit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/22/338422.htm Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:36:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338422 At least 13 women will share a more than $500,000 settlement after a federal lawsuit said a Grand Rapids, Mich., apartment manager sexually harassed tenants. A judge approved the settlement with the entities that own and operate Alger Meadows Apartments …

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Johnston Joins J.M. Wilson as Assistant Underwriter in Michigan http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/20/338216.htm Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:25:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338216 Managing general agency and surplus lines broker, J.M., Wilson has added Samantha Johnston as assistant property/casualty underwriter in its Portage, Mich., office. Johnston began at J.M. Wilson as a property/casualty intern in May 2014. Prior to that, she worked at …

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40% of Properties Flooded in Detroit Suburb; Governor Declares Disaster http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/15/337675.htm Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:44:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337675 Officials in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn say about 40 percent of homes and commercial properties in the city were flooded or had sewer backups in their basements when heavy rain hit the area on Aug. 11. The National Weather Service …

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Severe Floods Overwhelm Detroit Area; Slow Vehicle Production http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/13/337454.htm Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:33:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337454 A woman died when her vehicle became stranded in 3 feet of water in suburban Detroit, after heavy rain across southeastern Michigan left many roads impassable. Fearing more motorists could become stranded a day after a storm dumped more than …

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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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