Michigan News

Detroit Bankruptcy Judge Rejects Insurer Requests

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 …

Barry Named Director of Property/Casualty Underwriting at J.M. Wilson

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 …

Michigan Officers Stop 13,700-Plus in Seat Belt Enforcement Push

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 …

Baldwin Named Director of Marketing and Communication at J.M. Wilson

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 …

Michigan Bill Limiting Lawsuits Against Insurers Awaits Governor’s Signature

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 …

Michigan House Vote Would Allow Fewer Lawsuits Against Insurers

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 …

Michigan’s Amerisure Insurance Promotes McBride, O’Rourke

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, …

USG Insurance Services Adds Helgemo in Troy, Michigan

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 …

Seat Belt Enforcement Boosted In 40 Michigan Counties

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 …

Meadowbrook CEO Says Company on Track to Deliver on 2014 Guidance

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 …