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Supreme Court’s No Decision is a Decision in First American v. Edwards

Supreme Court’s No Decision is a Decision in First American v. Edwards

By: Phillip L. Schulman, Emily J. Booth

Must a consumer suffer actual harm to sue the settlement service providers involved in his or her real estate mortgage transaction for engaging in activities that violate the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), or is the mere allegation of a statutory violation sufficient to get the consumer into court? The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in First American v. Edwards not to consider the standing issue under RESPA leaves the settlement service industry at the mercy of the lower courts and effectively invites private plaintiffs to sue settlement service providers under RESPA whenever a statutory violation is suspected regardless of whether any harm has resulted. Read More

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