First American Data Leak: What Happened? What Next?

Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, it was reported that First American Financial, the corporate parent of First American Title Insurance Company and Ohio Bar Title Insurance Company, inadvertently exposed over 885 million sensitive consumer-related documents online through files stored on the company’s website, www.firstam.com.  The leaked information included bank account numbers, bank statements, mortgage…

CFPB files amicus brief in well-known Edwards v. First American kickback case

On Monday this week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau(CFPB) files amicus brief in well-known Edwards v. First American kickback case. From the CFPB website – This case concerns the types of evidence a private plaintiff needs to put forward to demonstrate that a defendant paid for a referral in violation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act…

The Edwards Decision

06-28-2012 Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court (“SCOTUS”) issued its long-awaited decision in the Edwards v. First American Title case.  The Court, in a 9-0 decision, dismissed First American’s appeal as having been improvidently granted. Procedurally, the decision results in the case returning to the U.S. District Court in California where a class action complaint consisting of two…