Title Companies

News & Analysis as of

Washington Answers the Question of Whether Title Companies Owe a Duty of Care to Third Parties…

Last year, the Ninth Circuit certified to the Washington Supreme Court the question of whether title companies owe a duty of care to third parties when they record legal instruments. ...more

Buyer Beware – Know Before You Wire: FTC and NAR Warn Home Buyers on Closing Costs Wire Transfer Phishing Scams

In a recent blog post on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Consumer Information blog, the FTC warned home buyers of an e-mail and wire transfer phishing scam in which hackers pose as real estate professionals or title...more

U.S. Treasury Department Takes Aim at All-Cash Real Estate Purchases

In an effort to detect money laundering and ill-gotten gains, the U.S. Treasury Department has imposed new rules requiring title companies to identify and disclose the beneficial owners of a corporate entity behind any...more

FinCEN Imposes New Reporting Requirements on New York and Miami Real Estate Markets

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) recently announced two geographic targeting orders (GTOs) imposing new reporting and recordkeeping requirements on title insurance companies operating in New York City and...more

FinCEN Sets Its Sights on Luxury Real Estate

Overview - On January 13, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) that will temporarily require title insurance companies to report...more

Amendment to Illinois Mechanics Lien Act Authorizes Bonding Over of Mechanics Liens Claims

As of January 1, 2016, an amendment to the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act, 770 ILCS. 60/38.1, allows parties with an interest in real estate to substitute an eligible surety bond for a claim for mechanics lien as security for...more

Property Tax and Valuation Topics: Fall 2015

"Celebrity" Value? In 2004, in the quaint Fenwick borough of Old Saybrook, a developer purchased the beachfront summer home of the late actress Katharine Hepburn. The discovery of a discontinued road, which ran over...more

The CFPB Strongly Scrutinizes MSAs Under RESPA

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently provided guidance discouraging mortgage industry participants from entering into marketing services arrangements (MSAs). An MSA is an agreement under which a settlement...more

CFPB Guidance Cautions Against Marketing Services Agreements

On October 8, 2015, the CFPB issued compliance Bulletin 2015-05 cautioning against the use of marketing services agreements (MSAs), due to the “substantial legal and regulatory risk” of violating the Real Estate Settlement...more

CFPB Bulletin Cautions That Marketing Services Agreements Often Violate RESPA

Lenders utilizing “marketing services agreements” (“MSAs”) beware: On October 8, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a new bulletin strongly cautioning that MSAs often violate Real Estate Settlement...more

Bankers, Real Estate Loans, and the Unauthorized Practice of Law: A Refresher

Back in 1968, the Kentucky Bar Association (“KBA”) released Unauthorized Practice of Law Opinion KBA U-6 (“U-6”), opining that bank officers and lending institutions could not draft loan documents such as mortgages, security...more

No deference for CFPB amicus brief from Ninth Circuit

Many readers probably remember Edwards v. First American Financial Corp. for its ill-fated journey to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court had granted certiorari to decide the issue of whether a plaintiff who brings a...more

E-signatures – Do They Change Ontario Real Estate Deals?

Over the last 20 years, since the introduction of the electronic land registry system, real estate in Ontario has slowly been making its way into the electronic age. On July 1st, 2015 another step was taken. All real estate...more

Money Laundering Crackdown in Real Estate Sector?

The Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (also known as FinCEN) recently gave a speech in San Francisco regarding the agency’s investigative priorities. Director Jennifer Shasky Calvery’s comments drew media...more

CFPB “Final” TRID Webinar

The CFPB staff held a “final” webinar on May 26, 2015, to address the Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule that becomes effective on August 1, 2015. Presumably the...more

CFPB Ups the Ante in RESPA Crackdowns

On April 29, 2015, the CFPB, in conjunction with the Maryland Attorney General, filed six proposed consent orders—five of which are against individual defendants—in its latest RESPA enforcement action. The Bureau alleges that...more

Aggressive Regulators and the Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Who Follow Them

As soon as a putative class action complaint hits the clerk’s office alleging a new theory of liability, plaintiffs’ lawyers rush to sign up potential class representatives and file copycat suits in as many jurisdictions as...more

Title Insurance Regulatory and Legislative Update - January 2015

CONNECTICUT - Own Risk and Solvency Assessment Report:  The Connecticut Department of Insurance issued Bulletin FS-29 which discusses Public Act No.14-107 (the “Act”; effective January 1, 2015).  ...more

It’s Not Personal: Ninth Circuit Denies Putative Class Representative’s Appeal as Moot

In Campion v. Old Republic Protection Company, Inc., No. 12-56784, (Dec. 31, 2014) the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a putative class representative’s appeal was moot because he had no personal stake in the case...more

EEOC Sues First Title & Escrowand Related Companies for Disability Discrimination

Settlement Services Companies Revoked Part-Time Schedule and Terminated Employee Who Needed Dialysis, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - Rockville, Md.-based First Title & Escrow, Inc. and its related companies that...more

CFPB settles RESPA charges for marketing services agreements allegedly tied to referrals

The CFPB has announced that it has entered into a consent order with a Michigan title insurance agency to settle charges that the agency violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) by paying fees to various...more

Mortgage Lending Legal and Regulatory Highlights

In its spring edition of Supervisory Highlights, the CFPB cautions financial institutions of the increased risk of a fair lending violation for failing to maintain adequate policies and procedures to document exceptions to...more

CFPB orders New Jersey title services company to pay for illegal mortgage referrals

On June 12, the CFPB announced that it has issued a Consent Order under which a New Jersey title services company, Stonebridge Title Services Inc., agreed to pay a $30,000 civil money penalty for paying illegal kickbacks for...more

"Lien In": North Carolina General Assembly Revisits New Mechanics Lien Laws

Last April, we wrote about the significant changes to the North Carolina mechanics lien laws, which are continuing to create issues and opportunities for owners, contractors, subcontractors and title companies working in the...more

The Wait is Over. The Anxiety Begins. The CFPB Issues its Final Rule to Combine RESPA and TILA Mortgage Disclosures

Well, the wait is over. After 16 months and much anticipation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB” or “Bureau”) released a 1,888-page final rule on November 20, 2013 to combine mortgage disclosures required...more

26 Results
View per page
Page: of 2
JD Supra Readers' Choice 2016 Awards

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:

Sign up to create your digest using LinkedIn*

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.

Already signed up? Log in here

*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.