Industry & Technology news compliments of Marianne Mathieu
Title Insurance Industry & Technology News 12/12/18
Compliments of Marianne Mathieu
Industry Events
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Industry News
Cannabis Legalization in Michigan and New Jersey 
National Real Estate Investor - With a majority of residents favoring legalization of pot, Michigan and New Jersey are jumping into the recreational cannabis market.

Black Knight Announces New Acquisition
The M Report - On Thursday, Black Knight Inc. announced the acquisition of Ernst Publishing Co., a provider of technology and closing cost data for the real estate and home finance industries.

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending November 23, 2018
JD Supra
Real Property Update:
Reverse Mortgage / Statute of Limitations
Judicial Default / Insufficient Notice
Bert Harris Act
Foreclosure / Assignment of Rents
Financial Services Update:
FDCPA / §1692e and §1692g Putative Class Action
TCPA / Fax / Incidental Advertisement
FCRA / Arbitration
Title Insurance Update:
Encumbrances / Zoning
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Notice and opportunities to comment
CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) - Check here for notices and opportunities to comment posted by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP). These requests can include: proposed rules, requests for information, and Paperwork Reduction Act notices that give the public an opportunity to comment on certain planned or existing reporting, record keeping, and disclosure requirements.

Legal News
Gunbarrel neighborhood bands together to inform all about realities of saying ‘yes’ to oil and gas
Left Hand Valley Courier - It all started with a letter that many Heatherwood homeowners received during the week of Thanksgiving, and it has quickly turned into a community coming together to educate themselves so that they can protect their homes and families.

Court Holds That A Judgment Was Not Effective Against Three Estates Where the Plaintiffs Did Not Sue the Estates’ Representatives and The Decedents’ Attorney Did Not Represent the Estates’ Representatives
JD Supra - In Delgado v. Garza, the plaintiffs sued for breach of a warranty of title, trespass to try title, and other related claims all stemming from a land transaction

More on AML Reform: Artificial Intelligence, Beneficial Ownership and Real Estate
The National Law Review - OCC Presages Regulators’ Joint Statement on Banks Using Technological Innovation to Comply with BSA/AML Obligations

PACA and Real Property: Follow the Fruit
JD Supra - Originally enacted in 1930, the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (“PACA” or the “Act”) has been amended over the years in a number of ways to address the changing landscape of the produce industry. 

Tech / Social Media
Real estate blockchain set to go live in early '19
Topix - New York-based ShelterZoom is going live soon with its blockchain-based real estate offer-and-acceptance application; it's one of several ways companies are testing out the distributed ledger technology.

World News
Land title deeds are in the hands of cartels, claims land registrar (Kenya)
Hivisasa - Kisii County land registrar Steve Mokaya has lamented over the high number of land titles which cartels are possessing. 

World first: House is sold via online auction run by AI bot (Ireland)
The Negotiator - A house in central Dublin has sold for €345,000 after being entered into an online auction run by an artificial intelligence-based auctioneer.

Title Agency & People in the News
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In Other News
Real Estate Tricks and Scandals to Look Out For (And to Entertain Your Family This Holiday Season)
Forbes - Three dozen sticks of dynamite is one way to solve the most vexing of real estate problems. Just make sure you set them off in the dead of night like this guy did so no one is around to see—or hear—what you have done.

Native Texan: A Houston abolitionist was nothing if not audacious
Houston Chronicle - You’ve seen the soaring statue downtown, right? Or maybe the graceful tree-lined parkway hugging the bayou, the parkway named after attorney and abolitionist Stephen Pearl Andrews?

Marianne Mathieu, NTP
Vice President/National Agency Accounts
Fidelity National Title Group