Michigan News

Michigan Panel: Special Authority Needed to Target Car Insurance Fraud

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 …

Judge: Michigan City not Liable for Post-Flood Decline in Property Values

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 …

Insurance Secured, Michigan Village Police Department Operating Again

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 …

Lack of Liability Insurance Leads to Shut Down of Michigan Police Department

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 …

Parker Joins Berkley Fire and Marine Underwriters in Detroit

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 …

J.M. Wilson Promotes Russell to Accounting Supervisor

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.  …

Post-Floods, Detroit Residents Shop for Appliances, Supplies

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 …

Michigan Renters to Split $500K Settlement in Harassment Suit

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 …

Johnston Joins J.M. Wilson as Assistant Underwriter in Michigan

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 …

40% of Properties Flooded in Detroit Suburb; Governor Declares Disaster

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 …