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CFPB issues $3.5M Kickback Fine

02 Feb

February 2, 2017 The CFPB, (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)  this week ordered Prospect Mortgage to pay a $3.5 million fine for improper mortgage referrals. The CFPB called it a kickback scheme. There are three reasons why the mortgage company and two real estate brokers were fined: Prospect maintained various agreements with over 100 real estate […]

Pipeline Eminent Domain Condemnation

15 Apr

Pipeline Eminent Domain Condemnation Action on this issue is needed immediately.    Most of the amicable settlements between Sunoco Pipeline, L.P., and property owners over right of way agreements related to the Mariner East pipelines are on the books.  The Atlantic Sunrise line is now two years in acquisition and in a similar posture.  For […]

Sunoco Logistics Mariner East Pipeline

25 Dec

PIPELINE TO IMPACT PENNSYLVANIA PROPERTY OWNERS This past year, 2015, has been a trying year for property owners living near the existing Sunoco pipeline.  The line goes from Marcus Hook, Delaware County, PA to Washington County, PA.    The existing pipeline  carried products from the former oil refinery in Marcus Hook  to markets in the west.  It […]

Title Insurance Licensing Exam Training

04 Mar

Everyone in the title insurance industry recognizes that title insurance licensing exam training will be a hot topic this year. The PA Title Insurance Licensing Exam will be required of many in the industry.  This is driven by lenders and by the American Land Title Association’s Best Practices (http://www.alta.org/bestpractices/index.cfm )       James S. Tupitza […]

Home Improvement Consumer Protection Law (HICPA)

08 Jan

Home improvement contractors in Pennsylvania are subject to regulation. Homeowners often get confused about when the new law, known as the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act (“HICPA”) applies.  Here is an excerpt from some Continuing Legal  Education materials we recently published that deals with this ACT. It is in outline form.  If you have more […]