Industry & Technology news compliments of Marianne Mathieu
Title Insurance Industry & Technology News 8/9/17
Compliments of Marianne Mathieu
Industry News
Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending July 14 & 21, 2017
JD Supra -
Real Property Update:
Prevailing Party Fees 
Dismissal of Appeal
Prejudgment Interest
Foreclosure/Res Judicata
Title Insurance Update:
Expert Testimony
Statute of Limitations
Title Search Negligence
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To many, it was a regular Aliquippa auto shop. FBI suggests it's a front for cybercrime fraud
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - On Main Street in Aliquippa, a ramshackle auto repair shop called Miken Autos has this good-service motto attached to the wall: “Positive Outcomes Everytime.” But things haven’t been positive lately at Miken Autos.
Settlement of 51-year-old water rights case in jeopardy
Albuquerque Journal - The Legislature’s Water and Natural Resources Committee met at Highlands University here Wednesday to discuss the Aamodt water rights settlement and road easement issues that are now tied to the case, and which residents say are clouding ownership titles and sparking tension between Indian and non-Indian people in northern Santa Fe County.
PIN slamming can double property tax bills
ABC 7 Chicago News - What if your property tax bill doubled overnight? The I-Team is investigating what officials call "PIN Slamming." A family in south suburban Robbins was shocked when they saw their property tax bill. Not only did they owe much more than they expected, they learned they unknowingly bought two plots of land, nearly doubling their tax bill. County leaders say they were victims of "PIN slamming."
Check out this ALTA video on how to Protect Your Money from Wire Fraud Schemes When Buying a Home
ALTA - Buying and selling a home is an exciting time, but there can be pitfalls for unsuspecting consumers . The American Land Title Association wants homeowners and sellers to be aware that criminals are using wire fraud schemes to steal money meant for home purchases or the proceeds from the sale of the property. 
Oakland residents face deadline in dues suit - With a deadline set for Friday, residents of a former summer community have a decision to make: Will they fight claims that they owe back dues to a homeowners' association, or give up and pay a group that many say they had no idea they were part of?
Residents of an exclusive San Francisco street didn’t pay their taxes. So someone bought their street.
The Washington Post - Can you buy a city street? Is that even possible? Residents of Presidio Terrace, the oval-shaped privately owned street commonly known as one of the most exclusive communities in San Francisco, learned the answer the hard way.
Technology News
7 steps organizations can take to better protect data
Information Management - The expression 'a chain is only as strong as its weakest link' is particularly applicable to information networks, which has numerous links of fixed and mobile devices, software, and people, any of which could be weak enough to enable a cyber attack.
Criminals Hacked A Fish Tank To Steal Data From A Casino
JD Supra - Everything connected to the Internet is hackable and at risk. But there are some things connected to the Internet that you just don’t think of as risks to an organization. That is, until now. Darktrace has issued its report  Darktrace Global Threat Report 2017 that discusses nine unusual cyber threat scenarios that show, among other things, just how vulnerable Internet of Things (IoT) devices really are and how they can put your organization at risk.
3 new LinkedIn features your company should use
Multi Briefs - If you're a social media marketer or a recruiter, get ready for a change you'll  love. LinkedIn is getting the updates it desperately needs. Beginning now, using the platform will be smoother, easier and more intuitive. In essence, LinkedIn will function and look more like other top social networks, like Facebook or Instagram.
Roomba Collecting Data as well as Dirt
Realty Biz - Over the past few years, the Roomba robot has become increasingly popular with people wishing to save time and effort in maintaining clean floors. However, now, according to an article in, it seems as if the Roomba has been collecting far more than just dirt.
A real estate broker’s guide to avoid being a victim of cyber fraud
JD Supra - The headline’s become all too familiar: “Cyber thief hacks real estate broker’s email, steals retired couple’s nest egg,” or something similar.  The past few years have seen a dramatic increase in such incidents, with the FBI reporting ten “hacked real estate broker email” investigations in Tampa in just the past two months.
In Other News
Untapped Cities - Baseball has long been a staple in New York City’s culture. Teams like the  Yankees, Mets, Dodgers, and Giants have all called New York home, and the city’s stadiums have been host to some of the sport’s most memorable players and its most historic moments.
The Binge-Watching Goldfish: A How-to for Training Millennials
PUBLICATION - An attention span is a fickle friend. A great one to have, but oh so hard to keep. This is especially true when we consider the attention spans of those who are soon to make up  70 percent of our global workforce – Millennials, Nexters and Generation Z.
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Marianne Mathieu, NTP
Vice President/National Agency Accounts
Fidelity National Title Group