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Farm Bureau’s Consumer complaints and “ethical” considerations: Part III

Posted on: August 22nd, 2014 by Steven Gursten No Comments

I believe any auto insurance company who claims to be driven by “ethical” considerations would not do what Farm Bureau has done in the George Veness wheelchair case, such as: Ignoring and exposing  its own insured customer (an off-duty policeman) who drove his SUV into Mr. Veness, who was paralyzed from the waist down in […]


Is Farm Bureau an “ethical” auto insurance company? Part II

Posted on: August 21st, 2014 by Steven Gursten No Comments

Would an ‘ethical’ auto insurer ignore its customer’s harmful actions? Expose wheelchair users to harsh consequence if injured by a car? Fault car accident victims for not having non-existent coverage? Is Farm Bureau the “ethical” auto insurance company that it wants the public to believe it is? It clearly wasn’t for the first decade of […]


Farm Bureau blames phony ‘ethical obligation’ for its frivolous legal argument, shameful treatment of injured man in wheelchair: Part 1

Posted on: August 20th, 2014 by Steven Gursten No Comments

Farm Bureau  defends or settles ‘as we consider appropriate’ First, let me make a confession. I don’t like Farm Bureau. As an attorney, my own personal experience has been that they are slippery, sneaky, and shameless in how they deny insurance claims to car accident victims. This was shaped early on in my legal career, […]


Our 2014 Michigan Auto Law Diversity Law School Scholarship recipient

Posted on: August 19th, 2014 by Steven Gursten No Comments

All about Levin law student Christian Chessman and his efforts to fight racism on campus A big congrats to Levin College of Law student Christian Chessman, who is the recipient of our 2014 Annual Diversity Scholarship. Christian will begin his law career this fall at the University of Florida’s law school. His scholarship application was chosen out of many talented law school student […]


Why drinking and driving – on a motorcycle – is a seriously bad idea as deaths spike 9%

Posted on: August 18th, 2014 by Steven Gursten No Comments

Disturbing new numbers show how deadly  impaired driving is for motorcycle riders SAFETY in Numbers (vol. 1, issue 5, Aug. 2013), a National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) report, provides motorcyclists the above unfortunate headline. While significant progress has been made over the past 40 years in reducing the percent of alcohol-impaired drivers who drive automobiles […]


Concerned trucker weighs in: Trucking companies cutting corners means more inexperienced truckers

Posted on: August 15th, 2014 by Steven Gursten No Comments

“The new CSA regulations have turned trucks & trucking companies into rolling ATM machines…” Dan Kemp is an experienced trucker from Westland, Michigan. I don’t know Dan personally, but he wrote to me and it’s clear he’s one of the majority of truckers who cares about safety. I’ve written about Dan’s insight before, as he’s […]


How can we protect the elderly, disabled who rely on wheelchairs & scooters from getting taken advantage of by insurance companies if they’re hit by a car?

Posted on: August 14th, 2014 by Steven Gursten No Comments

Michigan needs to act now to enact an exception for wheelchairs and scooters to its motor vehicle definition - like New York state I’ve been writing about a particularly ugly case involving State Farm and Farm Bureau (little surprise both insurance companies are also on the list of spiking customer complaints) denying No Fault insurance benefits to […]



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