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MCL 500.3101(1) & 500.3113(b) Do Not Require That Insurance be in the Name of an Owner or Registrant, Overruling Barnes

Motor Vehicle Litigation / July 11, 2019

In Dye v Esurance Prop & Cas Ins Co, the Michigan Supreme Court held that – contrary to the Court of Appeals’ holding in Barnes v Farmers Ins Exch, – the statutory requirement that “the owner or registrant” of a motor vehicle “maintain security” for that vehicle does not mean that an owner “must be the one to acquire the insurance policy…..”  Dye, __ Mich at __; slip at 4, 13. 

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