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Michigan Auto Insurance Companies Use Stonewall Tactics to Block Reform

February 4, 2010 by Steven M. Gursten

Insurance companies resort to robocalls in attempt to shield industry from accountability

I would like to say kudos to Michigan State Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton (D-Huntington Woods), who recently blasted auto insurance companies for 11th-hour attacks on lawmakers who are trying to hold the insurance industry accountable and helping make insurance more affordable. As an auto accident attorney, I dedicate my life’s work to protecting those injured in crashes, and I take it personally when insurance companies take advantage of my clients. Lipton is highlighting this serious issue.

She said the insurance industry has had many opportunities to engage in reform efforts with the Michigan Insurance Consumer Advocate Melvin Butch Hollowell, since Butch began holding hearings on insurance reform in 2008, and the Governor pushed for insurance reform during her State of the State speech last year. Instead, Michigan automobile insurance companies have attacked all reform proposals, ignored efforts at dialogue with the Insurance Consumer Advocate, and are now engaged in robocall smear campaigns.

Lipton issued a statement from Lansing:

“I am appalled that auto insurance companies continue to try spread misinformation and use scare tactics to try and block these reforms, but I will not be deterred from bringing accountability to this industry.”

Lipton, who sponsored a bill in the plan that allows the Insurance Commissioner to deny excessive rate increases, added: “Michigan residents are required to purchase auto insurance, so it is only fair that we have the tools in place to protect them from arbitrary and excessive rate increases. The auto insurance industry has received special treatment for far too long at the expense of our residents. It’s time to stand up for Michigan residents and give them the consumer protections they deserve.”

Steven M. Gursten is recognized as one of the nation’s top experts in serious car and truck accident injury cases and automobile insurance no-fault litigation. Michigan Auto Law has received the largest reported jury verdict for an automobile accident case in Michigan in seven of the past 10 years, including 2009, according to published year-end verdicts and settlements reports.

Related information:

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Three No-Fault Challenges Facing Car Accident Lawyers

Why is My Auto Insurance So Expensive?

Michigan Auto Law is the largest law firm exclusively handling car accident, truck accident and motorcycle accident cases throughout the entire state. We have offices in Farmington Hills, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Sterling Heights to better serve you. Call (248) 353-7575 for a free consultation with an auto accident attorney. We can help.

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