• E&O: settlement agent’s errors and omissions policy excludes coverage for prior knowledge of matters likely to give rise to a future indemnification demand by agent’s title insurer – Lexington Ins. Co. v. Integrity Land Title Co., No. 12-1599 (8th Cir. July 31, 2013) (affirming summary judgment)
  • Novation: where lender combines an existing indebtedness secured by a mortgage insured by a title insurance policy with new debt and extinguishes the original note, all rights under lenders policy are terminated – Pekkola v. Fidelity Nat’l Title Ins. Co., No. 6:12-cv-02147 (D. Or. July 25, 2013) (granting summary judgment)
  • Bankruptcy: assignment of promissory notes that became non-dischargeable because of debtor’s fraud in obtaining loans did not violate Michigan rule that fraud claims are non-assignable – In re Pazdzierz, No. 111-2398 (6th Cir. June 10, 2013) (affirming reversal of bankruptcy court’s grant of summary judgment)
  • Title Agents: insurer responsible for its independent title insurance issuing agent’s violations of anti-inducement regulations based on statutory and common-law theories of agency – Chicago Title Ins. Co. v. Washington State Office of Ins. Comm’r, No. 87215-5 (Wash. Aug. 1, 2013) (reversing appellate court’s reversal of reviewing administrative judge)