Title searchers and statutory damages

Today, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the RESPA case Edwards v. First American, which I will be reading shortly.  At issue is not just RESPA; the broader issue is the power of Congress to enact laws which specify statutory damages, which...

The white collar criminal mentality

The white collar criminals who are attempting to profiteer from the foreclosure crisis are just like other white collar criminals… they just don’t get that they are criminals, just like pickpockets, burglars and muggers.   Geoffrey Goldman, an owner of a...

"Affiliated" does not mean "independent"

ALTA and the promoters of affiliated business arrangements seem to be a bit confused about the meaning of the word “independent.” The confusion is really nothing new.  In a 1999 article, the Title Report quoted a past chairman of RESPRO who was ahead of...