Insurance Journal » Michigan http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:14:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.2 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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Detroit Suburb Receives $5M Insurance Payment for Flood Damage http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/12/357317.htm Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:56:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357317 A Detroit suburb has received a $5 million insurance payment to help the city bounce back from damage caused by flooding in August. Torrential rain and flooding on Aug. 11 damaged city property at the Warren Community Center, police department …

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Cameron M. Wilson & Associates Promotes Goldberg in Michigan http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/10/357055.htm Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:05:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357055 Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Cameron M. Wilson & Associates recently promoted Amanda Goldberg to director of marketing and communication. Goldberg’s duties will include maintaining existing and cultivating new relationships with retail insurance agents across the Midwest. As a customer of Cameron M. …

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White Appointed Director of Innovation at Accident Fund Holdings http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/22/354562.htm Thu, 22 Jan 2015 06:31:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354562 Lansing, Mich.-based Accident Fund Holdings Inc. has appointed Jeffrey Austin White as director of innovation. White will lead the newly created innovation team in identifying opportunities for the business to generate revenue and improve operations while leveraging solutions backed by research, …

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Michigan Police Targeting Speeding, Distracted Driving After Pileup http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/21/354468.htm Wed, 21 Jan 2015 06:25:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354468 Michigan authorities plan to crack down on speeding and distracted driving in eastern Kalamazoo County following a 193-vehicle pileup that killed one man and closed a stretch of Interstate 94 for two days. State police Lt. Dale Hinz tells the …

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Kluting Joins Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services in Michigan http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/09/353307.htm Fri, 09 Jan 2015 15:18:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=353307 Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services Inc., the U.S. retail property/casualty brokerage division of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has hired Steve Kluting in its Grand Rapids, Mich., office. In his new role as area vice president for Gallagher’s food …

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Western National Insurance, Michigan Millers Mutual Join Forces http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/07/353212.htm Wed, 07 Jan 2015 17:50:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=353212 Minnesota-based Western National Insurance Group announced an affiliation between Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Co. and Western National Mutual Insurance Co. This affiliation will be final after the necessary regulatory approvals are completed, which are expected to be done by the …

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Michigan-Based Insurer, Hagerty, Hires Hutchinson as President http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/07/353201.htm Wed, 07 Jan 2015 17:39:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=353201 Classic vehicle insurer, Traverse City, Mich.-based Hagerty, hired Richard Hutchinson as the company’s president, effective Jan. 5, 2015. Hutchinson joins Hagerty from the Progressive Corp., where he has held many leadership positions during his 29-year tenure there. His insurance acumen …

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New Workers’ Comp Reimbursement Rules Take Effect In Michigan http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/12/30/351347.htm Tue, 30 Dec 2014 16:45:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=351347 Changes in how doctors are paid for treating some injured employees covered by workers’ compensation are expected to address the long-term use of pain relievers and help cut medical costs for Michigan job providers, according to state officials. The new …

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Accident Fund Picks Walsh to Lead Alternative Markets Unit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/12/29/351131.htm Mon, 29 Dec 2014 06:24:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=351131 Accident Fund Holdings Inc., based in Lansing, Mich., has named Patrick Walsh the company’s new alternative markets leader. Walsh will be responsible for continuing non-traditional and innovative business solutions and generating new and creative opportunities in response to agent and customer …

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Redesign Grand River Floodwalls http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/12/23/351035.htm Tue, 23 Dec 2014 17:50:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=351035 Grand Rapids, Mich., is redesigning its flood protection system along the Grand River after years of resistance to calls by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to boost floodwalls. The Grand Rapids Press reports the city is studying 16 sites along …

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