First American Fights Class Cert. In Title Insurance Fee Row

Law360, New York (November 2, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT) -- First American Title Insurance Co. urged a Los Angeles judge Friday to deny certification to a putative class of California homebuyers who claim the company violated state consumer laws by overcharging on title insurance fees, saying the named plaintiff wasn’t harmed by the purported wrongdoing.

Plaintiff Patrick Kirk "has no standing and is clearly not a member of any of the classes,” First American’s attorney, Joel D. Siegel, told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mohr at a hearing Tuesday.  “Maybe — and we don’t concede this — but maybe someone else was overcharged, but it wasn’t Mr. Kirk.”

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