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Plaintiff Wins Appeal, Takes Step Toward Class Certification in Kickback Lawsuit Against First American

In an important RESPA kickback case, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the plaintiff’s lawsuit can proceed towards certification as a class action against First American.  The lawsuit encompasses a large number of transactions involving a number of title agencies in which First American purchased equity in pre-existing agencies in exchange for an exclusivity agreement.

NAR: Existing Home Sales Increase for Third Consecutive Month
Existing-home sales steadily increased for the third consecutive month in July, while stubbornly low inventory levels and rising prices are likely to blame for sales to first-time buyers falling to their lowest share since January, according to the National Association of Realtors.
NAR: Pending Home Sales Inch Up in July
Pending home sales were mostly unchanged in July, but rose modestly for the sixth time in seven months, according to the National Association of Realtors.
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Towns of Canton and Ledyard, Connecticut Begin eRecording
Two more Connecticut towns, Canton and Ledyard, have started electronically recording documents through Simplifile, the nation’s largest e-recording service provider.
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Lawsuit filed over access to San Ildefonso roads
The lawsuit contends that, because of the pueblo's claim on the roads, property values have diminished, title companies are refusing to provide title insurance, and property owners are having trouble securing financing to purchase, sell or refinance their property.
How do I conduct a title search?
You can conduct your own title research, and I'm going to show you how, but you should have a professional produce the one you base your decisions on.
Judge to ex-trustee: Pay or stay behind bars longer
Lowe is currently serving a one-year sentence behind bars for stealing an estimated half million dollars from taxpayers by paying ghost employees and scheming to overbill the county for shoddy title searches.
Curing ailing mineral title problems: The quiet title option
If a lawsuit is the equivalent of using a hatchet, then a quiet title action, a special type of lawsuit, may be considered microsurgery.
Chuck Liddell wins $2 million lawsuit against escrow company
A jury sides with former mixed martial arts star after he sued an escrow firm that aided convicted fraudster.
MBA Weekly Report: Mortgage App Volume Up Slightly
Mortgage applications increased 0.2 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending August 21, 2015.
MBA: Housing Demand Projected to Surge Over Next Ten Years
The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) projects between 13.9 and 15.9 million additional households will be formed by 2024, making the next decade one of the strongest in housing in U.S. history, according to a new research paper released this week.
Attorneys as Title Agents and Malpractice

If an attorney is negligent in doing a title search or a title examination, does that mean that the attorney has committed malpractice? Not necessarily… but in a recent Massachusetts case, an attorney who allegedly did negligent title work and got sued would have been better off if it were a malpractice lawsuit.

An Easement for No Particular Purpose
What rights of use does an easement grant, if the easement does not say what kind of use that the easement holder is allowed?
Can Negligence Liability Be Outsourced?

Even in a state such as South Carolina where only attorneys can close real estate transactions, a closing attorney can contract out the title search to another attorney. But if something is missed in the title search, who is responsible—the closing attorney, or the attorney that did the search?

The Mere Volunteer

In many states, a “mere volunteer” is not entitled to equitable subrogation, but in an increasing number of states, mere volunteers can be equitably subrogated. Who is this mere volunteer, and why does it matter? Well, if you’re a title searcher, it actually matters a great deal. This article will explain.

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9th Circuit Reverses; Suit Goes Forward re: Mtg Loan Debt Collectors
john gault's Blog
2015/07/20
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"India" is not the problem
Thomas Pryde's Blog
2015/04/16
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Independent Abstractors: Well Trained Specialists (Part Three)
Thomas Pryde's Blog
2015/04/09
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Independent Abstractors: Making Peace With Technology (Part Two)
Thomas Pryde's Blog
2015/03/26
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Independent Abstractors: Dying Breed or Valued Specialists? (Part One)
Thomas Pryde's Blog
2015/03/19
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Introductions
Thomas Pryde's Blog
2015/03/10
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Reconstruction of Past Persons
William Pattison 's Blog
2015/02/20
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Violations of Professional Codes
William Pattison 's Blog
2015/02/16
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The Deed of Trust Trustee, Laws, and the Constitution
john gault's Blog
2015/02/08
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An End to Outsourcing & Off-Shoring of Title?
William Pattison 's Blog
2015/02/03
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