Title Insurers' Contract Battle Tossed Over Jurisdiction

Law360, New York (November 6, 2009, 1:00 PM EST) -- Ruling that Old Republic National Title Insurance Co. failed to establish diversity jurisdiction in its suit accusing Bell Title Co. of breaching a policy issuance agreement, a federal judge has dismissed the case with leave to amend by Dec. 2.

Absent a federal claim, establishing federal jurisdiction required proof that the parties in the case had complete diversity of citizenship, a burden Old Republic failed to meet, according to a sua sponte order issued Wednesday by District Judge Paul L. Maloney of the U.S. District Court...
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