• Tort: title insurers and agencies do not owe insured duty to assess easement’s legal validity where easement is disclosed and excepted from coverage under policy – Windel v. Mat-Su Title Ins. Agency, Inc., Case No. S-13793 (Alaska July 13, 2013) (affirming summary judgment)
  • Class Action: under Pennsylvania rate manual, evidence of a prior policy is met where, within look-back period in chain title, there is either a recorded deed to a bona fide purchaser for value or an unsatisfied first mortgage to an institutional lender – Patterson v. Fidelity Nat’l Title Ins. Co., Case No.  03-021176 (Pa. Com. Pl. June 24, 2013) (opinion and order) [copy not publicly available]
  • Duty to Defend: title insurer does not have duty to defend borrower’s challenge to debt secured by insured mortgage based on allegation of predatory lending, even though mortgage lien would be extinguished if borrower prevails -- Deutsche Bank N.A. v. First American Title Ins. Co., Case No. 11265 (Mass. July 11, 2013) (affirming summary judgment)
  • Bankruptcy: title company and insurer reasonably relied on no-lien affidavit and debtor’s obligation to title company was thus not dischargeable – Stewart Title Guaranty Co. v. Roberts-Dude, Case No. 13-cv-80243 (S.D. Fla. July 11, 2013) (reversing Bankruptcy court’s granting final summary judgment)