Today I had the pleasure of supporting and listening to Southeast Michigan’s three county executives. All three sent a unified message to Lansing lawmakers and to the public as to where they stand with proposed changes to Michigan’s No Fault laws, issuing a resounding “NO” to efforts to dismantle its important legal protections.
I thought my running dialogue with Speaker Bolger last week might make for some interesting – and very insightful – reading.
First, by way of background, last week House Speaker Jase Bolger posted an editorial in The Detroit News regarding his proposed No Fault insurance “reform” plan.
I’ve been an outspoken critic, and I have said there are many problems with Bolger’s No Fault plan. The biggest problem in my eyes is that consumers will lose far more than they would gain , while the auto insurance companies will be laughing all the way to the bank.
There is very little that I would probably ever agree on with former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Clifford W. Taylor. To the public, he is best known as the “sleeping Judge.” But to the state’s lawyers and judges, he’s associated with a darker side.
The most recent edition of our Michigan Auto Law No Fault ‘Reform’ Newsletter is now out. The newsletter has grown to a subscriber list of several hundred. We work hard to make these newsletters as helpful and informative as we can, and to offer a free resource that provides all of the breaking news and our own legal analysis about the efforts to change Michigan’s No Fault insurance system.
Our latest edition of the Michigan Auto Law No Fault ‘Reform’ Newsletter is out. If you would like to sign up and subscribe to our newsletter, visit Michigan Auto Law’s No Fault Reform page.
The newsletter is a concise and helpful free resource for up-to-date and breaking news about No Fault Reform efforts in Michigan and legislation such as House Bill 4612.
In Michigan Auto Law’s latest version of the newsletter, we discuss the recent report from the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, and other recent developments over the past several weeks:
Let me share an open secret with you. It’s one that every lawyer, judge, and every insurance company in Michigan already knows. But it gets almost no media attention, and the only people who sadly are taken by surprise are members of the unsuspecting public unfortunate enough to be hurt in a car accident.
How appropriate that so close to Halloween, the Michigan House and Senate Insurance Committees are getting together at a joint meeting on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, to discuss so-called No Fault “reform.”
After all, it’s that time of year when people try to scare each other with things that aren’t real.
One can expect the auto insurance industry hobgoblins to lead with fear, trying to scare the public and the state’s lawmakers with their favorite ghost stories, such as:
Today I’m sharing a guest post from State Rep. Rudy Hobbs (D-Southfield), who is also the House Democratic Floor Leader. Rep. Hobbs is discussing his thoughts on No Fault changes proposed under HB 4612, and how these changes to the Michigan No Fault law would negatively affect Michigan drivers, taxpayers and crash victims:
“Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance system is highly regarded as one of the best designed plans in the nation. Recently, however, a handful of Lansing Republicans launched an effort to “reform” our gold standard by removing necessary protections for Michigan drivers under the guise that it will save money. This is simply not true.
For the past week, I’ve been addressing point by point the the mail flyer that hundreds of thousands of Michigan drivers received from the auto insurance industry this summer (funded by its national lobbying and propaganda outfit, the Coalition for Auto Insurance Reform). The propaganda piece is an aggressive attempt by the insurance industry to change people’s minds about the push to subvert the No Fault system that protects people.
If you haven’t received a mailing from the insurance industry touting the need for No Fault “reform,” be on the lookout – and beware.
Our lawyers are reviewing arguments in this propaganda mailing, which are either completely untrue or intentionally misleading, in a series of blog posts called 7 reasons why this auto No Fault “reform” junk mail is trash.